Want to change the world? Here are 5 things you can do right now.

I’ve come to the conclusion that the only way this world will change is from the ground up.  By that I mean grass roots efforts by you and me…individuals…not some big group, political agenda, or organization that seems to start off good, only to fail in their methods and core energy.


If hate breeds hate, then love certainly breeds love.  So let’s do some love breeding…right now!

5 things you can do to change the world: (in no particular order)

  1.  Smile at 10 strangers every day.  This sounds like it won’t do much to change the world, but sharing your positive energy with someone you don’t know…maybe with someone who doesn’t look exactly like you, or maybe someone who doesn’t speak the same language, will knock out the wall between you and strangers and instantly connect you. This connection already exists, but the smile helps solidify it. Don’t just pick strangers who are already smiling at you…YOU be the one to draw first!  It’s such a simple thing, but it makes both the giver and receiver’s day a little better. If 10 is too much start with 3 and work up to it. And…the act of smiling helps to increase your own happiness. I dare you to do this and comment back what you felt.

2.  Buy (and eat more) vegetables at local markets.  If you get in the habit of buying local, you are helping your small local economy, giving your dollars to your neighbors instead of big businesses who want to make you sick.  Farmers Markets are a great way to start, or find independently owned local natural food stores.  You can click here to find farmers markets in your area.  And, eating more vegetables helps to build you gut microbiome which helps to reduce anxiety and depression.  Think that’s a stretch? Read this.

12246876_10206506298990598_3628453583944398385_n3.  Refrain from posting negativity on Facebook or other social media.  Can you imagine if only positive posts and comments were allowed?  Try just for 1 week to refrain from sharing posts about murder, war, politics, or social injustice.  Share things that promote racial harmony, love and health.  And that goes for comments too.  If you disagree with a post, just do what dogs do…shake it off and move on.  Your negative comment is not going to change that person’s mind anyway.  Maybe before you leave that post you can try to see their point of view…just for a moment.  You don’t have to agree, but respecting others’ opinions helps bridge the gap of hatred for opposing views.8dc44505f1084cbad128dd2f10785113

4.  Spend an equal amount of time reading positive things that are happening in the world as negative.  Or just limit your veiw of what people call “the news”.  If you are watching “the news” (or as I like to call it “their news”) or listening in your car, it’s most likely not good.  Make note of the amount of time you spend being exposed to negative news and then make a note to spend the same amount of time exposing yourself to positive news.  One great place to do that is the Kindness Blog.  If you have other sources for good news that present an unbiased view of goodness, please share.

5.  Take 5 minutes a day helping to ground and strengthen your own mind.  When we constantly worry and think about what “could happen” you neglect taking care of the beings that are in your life now.  Things that help with grounding are things like meditation, yoga, qi gong, prayer, sound therapy, crystals, nature, and others.  If we are grounded, we are more in tune with our source, which is love.  We were made from love and exist for love, and to love we will return.  Connecting with our reason for being will make you a beacon of light for the world.

What are some other ways you help get grounded?

“OK…What the heck does this have to do with cancer and health?” you might ask.  Plenty: Feeling trapped, doomed, anxiety, lost, hopeless and afraid leads to chronic illness.  Having the tools to counter fear empowers you to defeat those feelings.  Everything on that list can also be used to reduce your risk of cancer.

I also think, “what horrifically positive action can one person undertake that would counter negative hateful events like the past few weeks?” Like a mass loving, or a bomb of elevated consciousness.  If anyone has an answer to that please let us know so I can meet you to carry that out.  Until we have that event scheduled, we can be those little changes that make a big difference.

I believe the answer to changing the world starts with you and me.  If you also believe that, then try these!  These 5 things sound so simplistic and also possibly juvenile and naive, and if that is the case, so be it.  Often the best answers come from children who see the world as beautiful.  And despite the ugly random attempts at spreading hate and fear, that’s the way I choose to see it too.

“I will never attend an anti-war rally; if you have a peace rally, invite me.”  ~Mother Theresa

Here’s an organization committed to spreading compassion in the whole world…and they are succeeding.

Thanks for reading!



Categories: cancer, happiness, health, health and wellness, healthy living, spirituality, stress, thoughts

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26 replies

  1. Hi Susan, this list is a great place to start making changes in the world around each of us – as those changes have to begin within each of us.
    PS. I think you spelt microbiome with a few extra letters.

  2. Love this list and its validating as I’ve been doing these! Great reminder to keep doing it!

  3. Reblogged this on The Perks of Having Cancer! and commented:
    I just came across this awesome blog post written by Susan Gonzalez, the co-author of “100 Perks of Having Cancer Plus 100 Health Tips for Surviving It”. Let’s spread some LOVE!

  4. It is possible because I have accepted my chronic pain. It is what it is. My personality & character didn’t change at all. I am more a realist now. xxx

  5. I already do all that but have had thyroid cancer many years ago, a milder stage. i had it taken away & had radiotherapie. Now, 20 years later, I am all better & cancer -free.

  6. Thanks for insights. Its funny as i was looking for a mother theresa quote when i wrote my last blog but didn’t follow thru with it. However, you got it done for me. Thanks.

  7. I was in London last week and deliberately smiled at people when out and about. Despite this not being a normal London thing to do I was almost always given a smile in return. It made me feel really good and hopefully the recipient as well. Love your tips. I *try* and do these things everyday without being formal about it, if you know what I mean, but it is great to see you have written them all up and shared it with us. I really don’t watch the news much because it is hard to avoid the negativity and really images can be more than is necessary to illustrate a point. As for FB, it is mainly cats, food and images of Edinburgh from me!

  8. I love your list ~ seems like I’m in good company because I do most of them! Thank you for the gentle reminder. xo

  9. If you read, meditate and follow the Word of our Lord, Jesus Chist then you will cover all 5 suggestions and more. The end result will be enjoying Heaven on earth. Always remember that our God is a God of love.

  10. I love suggestion # 3 — I always skip the negative stories posted, but I will be much more vigilant about only putting positivity out there (gotta go — to delete the post I put up last night on Facebook…)

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