How do you make the world kinder and a happier place? You start by using your voice, waiting to be let out in every one of us to complete kind actions! Start small, turn the dislikes of that moment in to a like. Messy room? Reorganise it! Messy beach? Tidy it! Parents busy? Offer to help cook! These kind actions will multiply to make the world kinder.
A kind action could be to tidy your bedroom, by setting a particular area to do each day as your goal. This will both make your parents happier and it will mean that you will be able to concentrate better and think better (remember that old saying “a tidy room = a tidy mind and a cluttered room = a cluttered mind”?). In terms of organisation, tidying up can help you become better organised so that you don’t keep missing homework or spend endless time trying to find something, or, worse still, having to re-do a piece of work, only to find another week later… Certainly, I know if I had been more organised during Y13, it would have been better and made me more productive.
The kitchen might be another area; you could tidy, reorganise or offer to cook; reducing chores for parents and it will help you develop life skills. Moreover, you could reorganise one of the cupboards and see what is out of date (helping you to reduce food waste over time through better organisation). Both are kind actions which will benefit your parents and yourself.
Kind actions don’t just have to be exclusively for the house you live in but also could extend to doing a litter pick (either individually or in a group) and this will not only benefit you, but also the environment (as the litter won’t infiltrate into the sea and be ingested by marine life) but will also help to make the place feel cleaner, more relaxing and more welcoming. Just make sure before doing a litter pick that you investigate your local council website on how to advise them that you’re doing one, and let the relevant authority know. (For more information on this, see a future article where I will talk about litter picking in more detail).
If we all start doing kind actions, then we will continue to make this world a nicer, and happier place to live in.