The first day of the year brings with it all the New Year’s Resolutions we make to improve ourselves and our lives. But what if, instead, we resolve to improve other people’s lives? It’s easy to feel like we could never make a dent in the world but we really do with every choice we make. The beauty of helping others is that it is actually impossible to do so without also helping ourselves in some way.
There are so many things that I’d like to do in 2018 but these are the three that I know will make the world a better place. It’s such an uncomfortable thing for me to say because somewhere along the way we’ve learnt that we don’t matter. That our decisions aren’t that important. But you do and they are. You can do something right this very second that will make the world a better place. You truly have that power and it’s time we both owned it and used it.
My World-Changing New Year’s Resolutions
1. Buy Only Organic Cotton Clothes/Towels/Bedding
This would have been extremely difficult a few years ago but now thanks to brands like Monki, Esprit and Lindex, it is completely doable! The main benefit of organic cotton is that the crops are not treated with pesticides, insecticides, herbicides and GMOs. These toxins are harmful for farmers and workers, us as consumers, and the entire wildlife eco-system and I don’t want to vote for it with my hard-earned £££ anymore. Will my clothing options be limited? Yes. Has having an infinite number of choices ever made anyone happier? Nope. Is buying less a bad thing? Never.
2. Donate 10% Of My Income To Charity
I wasn’t sure whether to talk about this one because we are not meant to talk about this kind of thing. However, I’ve come across such amazing stories of generosity that have inspired me so much (and have also put my previously ungiving heart to shame) that I can only hope to inspire you to give, too. Giving smartly is as important as giving generously. Please research the causes you support to ensure you are not just paying the salary of some corporate fat cat. And remember every little donation really can make a difference – some people live on as little as $1 a day for their entire family.
3. Switch To A Plant-Based Diet
I prefer the term plant-based over vegan because Oreo’s are technically vegan and I’m quite sure they are detrimental to both your health and the environment. Eating meat doesn’t just hurt animals—it hurts people, too. It takes up to 6kg of grain to produce just 500g of animal flesh. Imagine if all that plant food was used to feed people directly, instead! I went plant-based for all but a few days in December and the extra energy and happiness I felt has given me the conviction to go all the way. It’s a lifestyle change, for sure, but one that is well worth it.
How are you planning to make a positive change in the world this year? We would love to hear!
Wherever you are in the world and in your life right now, I wish you a truly peaceful and fulfilling 2018 xx
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