If you think this is just another long, run-down list of things you’ve heard the same old way before, think again. This is the top 10 things you can do to improve yourself mostly, but just so happens to help others and the planet.
What could be better than solving three problems with one solution? I can’t think of much in when so many things are starting to break down or already have. With ideas from different perspectives, our minds open to new possibilities, which this list aims to do. Let’s not work harder, let’s start working smarter.
Don’t forget to sound off at the end of this list. What new ideas can you come up with that tackle self-improvement, community, and the planet all at the same time? We want to know.
1. A sustainable raw organic diet – it will dramatically improve your health, make you less dependent on medications, cut doctor and food bills. If you buy from Farmer’s Markets you cut packaging waste and pesticide pollution, and support local, organic companies. You also will take part in shifting the economy towards sustainable, ethical companies via supply and demand.
2. Interpersonal Communications – one of the main reasons we have so much conflict with people is our lack of understanding in communication. Endless problems in our world resolve down to poor communication. By improving how you communicate with others, you improve your relationships, your health, and your overall happiness. We all want better connections with our loved ones. Why not be a leader and help yourself and others communicate in more compassionate ways?
3. Reducing what you buy – In Environmental Science, the three “R’s” refer to recycle, reuse, and reduce. Out of the three “R’s,” reduce is the least used in our efforts towards cleaning up the planet. Western culture, specifically the United States, is known for having both the highest consumer and pollution rate for its population count. On your path to self-improvement, focus on removing useless or negative things spiritually, mentally, and materially. See what negatives you can do without. Anything helps to cut back on what we are doing to the planet.
4. Eco and human friendly buying choices – We have a conundrum going on in the buying world with so many companies driving for what they believe in. Usually you can easily find organic produce, but it’s wrapped in plastic or some other polluting packaging. Or, you can buy eco-friendly packaging that has processed and GMO foods or products that aren’t healthy for the body or environment. Look for companies and Farmer’s Markets that support both pure foods and eco-friendly packaging. They are far and fewer, but the more we give them our money, the more we create supply and demand.
5. Consider the health costs of the diet you have now – You might think that the highly processed diet you’re on now isn’t costing you anything. Many people are living on fast food, restaurant food, and packaged foods at the grocery store. The general attitude is that there is nothing is wrong with it or that its, “my money and my body, and I’m fine.” But consider how much money you are spending on doctors and dentist visits, prescription medications, over-the-counter drugs like antacids, cough syrups, pain medicine, vitamin supplements and protein powders, weight loss remedies and programs, exercising programs, nutritionists, books and DVDs.
At the end of the year, you might realize you could have bought a nice vacation somewhere for that price. And that is not counting all the misery you endured, all the pollution you helped put into the environment, and how much money you gave your insurance companies. The biggest benefit you get from living your life, “however,” is that you don’t have to think about what it’s costing you and how it is making your life less than par. Not really worth it when you can live a healthy, happy life in a beautiful environment that doesn’t cost you anything in the sense of well-being.
6. Minimize your footprint – Everything we buy affects the economy, supply and demand, jobs here and around the world, and of course the environment. Did you know that some cell phones Americans buy support child slavery and poor work conditions in other countries? Of course it would be almost impossible for us to just stop using our cell phones, but do we need to buy a new one every 6 months or even 2 years?
If we treat our belongings better and with more awareness, we don’t need to buy repeat purchases as much. We can still survive if we don’t have the latest version of a phone or computer. It would take time to ultimately resolve an issue like sweat shops and child slavery, since they consider slavery their bread and butter no matter how awful it is. With their lands gone, they need to eat. Its better than nothing. However, the more we focus on reducing our impact and coming up with better solutions, while also fighting for human and environmental rights, the closer we come to creating a better world to live in.
7. How can you become a better compassionate leader? – Everyone has an innate want for heroism of some degree. We often fantasize about it in grandiose ways that leave us as the sole ownership of combating some great evil. But this just isn’t the case anymore. We live in a world saturated in personal opinions and is why online marketing is such a huge industry. We are all looking for ways to bust out away from the crowd. This is good for healthy business competition but not necessarily with the rest of us.
See, while we’re also dreaming about being a hero, we have internal conflict about being different from others or standing out from the rest. It is normal that we want to follow the crowd, tending to trust ourselves less. This is where leadership and being a good role model come in. It keeps us from the huge responsibility involved with being a hero, while also letting us stand out from a crowd at a comfortable distance.
Start finding unique and compassionate ways you can tie multiple eco and human friendly solutions together to create an example for others to follow. But also look to others to get great examples and ideas. In this way, you are a leader and a follower of others through reciprocal sharing. We find a comfortable place that makes us feel connected to loved ones and the world. Start creating solutions that work for you and others.
8. How you treat others during times of stress and conflict – Love and happiness are one of the greatest contributors to human and environmental health. Happy people do happy things. We all say we love each other when times are going well. We exceed in our abilities to help one another and be together with fulfilled expectations.
But when that doesn’t happen? Things get real bad, real fast. If you truly love, it is unconditional. This means you are working to improve relationships with others whether they meet your expectations or not. When we love one another, our behavior demonstrates this. If you’re having conflicts with people and finding that you can’t keep your cool, you might tend to become manipulative, or lie, or other behaviors that help create these conflicts.
Start looking into how you can adopt better self-control and emotional stability. Find compassionate ways you can create better personal boundaries and make sure you and the other people are sticking to them. In the Western culture, we’re raised in ways that don’t support unconditional love. This goes back generations. Be a leader and start figuring out what went wrong, and be the hero to stand up for it. Learn to adopt non-violent speech and take part in peaceful conflicts, even if other people aren’t or won’t. Your continued dedication to this will eventually become contagious for you and others.
9. Switch to chemical-free household and lawn and garden products – Another major contributor to our problems are the products we buy for our homes. Every product we buy now has chemicals that are not good for us. The list is endless and could be a blog of its own. As you go through your home, try to start adopting more organic and eco-friendly products to improve your health and the environment. The bathroom and kitchen are two of the worst places we deal with chemicals. To the food we eat, the soap we use, the toxins coming from plastics and teflon, to the make-up and shampoo too.
Its overwhelming, but if you take it one step at a time, even with curiosity and interest, you’ll eventually realize that the natural products are more beneficial in every way. Not only that, but when you make these switches, it affects the supply and demand change. Fewer animals will get tested on for products that still aren’t safe for humans even after the testing. And you will be saving the environment. When you start tweaking your life enough, you will eventually see a cost efficient lifestyle as well. This means less time killing yourself at your job, and more time on things that you love.
10. How you use technology in terms of your relationships – How many times have you noticed that someone’s attention was not fully on you because of some electronic device? Sometimes this doesn’t matter, but when something like texting starts to take over someone’s life, everybody around them also feels the effects.
Recently I was aware of a situation where a person that texted a lot thought they were always excluded from others. After being in that situation without the use of her phone, she had a really good time with everybody and said she didn’t feel excluded at all. The power of your devices are often unseen until you set them aside and engage with others in a fun, compassionate way. This is also true of computers, TVs, video games, and etc. Try it out for yourself and see. That sense of connection you are longing for will have more opportunities to show up in your life and get to you a lot faster.
Take the pledge with Soul Our Power today. Its free, and its up to you how you reach the goal, so be creative and self spoken. Also, committing to the pledge is enough to create a spark of change in your life. Keep pursuing it a little at a time each day and you’ll eventually be reaching goals you never thought you could. Thank you for your energetic, mental and physical support to this cause for a better world. Now let’s hear what you have to say! Leave your digital footprint below.