10 Ways To Help The World Be A Better Place

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There are lots of ways to help the world be a better place. And here’s the good news. You don’t need money to help the world. Just time and love.

Mankind keeps expanding. But it’s not in any way that helps the world.

Right now NASA is blasting spaceships through the stratosphere, the army is testing thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile systems that can fire multiple nuclear warheads over 10,000 miles, and we’re making major breakthroughs in human cloning.

Somehow all this expansion seems to be in the wrong direction.

Does it really help the world for us to be able to kill over a billion people with one missile and then clone them all back to life through stem cells? Is that advancing the world in any positive direction?

Our ego-based consciousness is taking us down a path of hurting the world, not helping it. We’re consumed by fears of war and thoughts of economic success.

We’ve forgotten what really matters in the world, we’ve forgotten that we’re one with each other, one with the planet, one with nature, and one with the universe. We’ve forgotten that the only developments worth achieving are those that help the entire planet. We’ve forgotten ourselves.

But we can choose to make a difference in the world for the positive.

There are ten great ways to help the world be a better place.

We need to remember these ways before it’s too late, before those thermonuclear intercontinental ballistic missile systems are lit green, before our survival on this world is based on the cloning technology that’s about to be announced over the next twelve months.

So, before Donald Trump destroys the entire world like the total asshat that he is, here are ten great ways to help the world be a better place.


10 great ways to help the world be a better place

1. For a peaceful world, drop the weapons

Weapons do not make the world a peaceful place. Peace makes peace. You dont fight for peace. You peace for peace. Click To Tweet

$2 trillion are spent on weapons development every year. That money comes mostly from the tax payer, from us. We’re told that money and those weapons are there to ensure the protection of the world. But what we need to remember, one of the best ways to help the world be a better place is to remember that no amount of weaponry can ever create peace. Weapons create death and money for corrupt politicians and industry leaders. Weapons will not make the world more peaceful.


2. Remember that the world is more important than people

Dont love money. Dont love fame. Love Earth. Love nature. Earth, the world, is the most beautiful thing we have, and the most valuable.

Over the past couple of hundred years we’ve forgotten how important nature is. We’ve detached ourselves from the world. We ravage and exploit this beautiful planet because of greed and self-obsession. As long as mankind continues to believe that our species is more important than the planet, only evil will come. We need to put ourselves in place, a place which is level with other animals, a place which is below the Earth. Our beautiful planet should eclipse us in priority.


3. Remember that we are connected to all energy in the universe

We have forgotten that we are connected to all energy in the universe. There are tribes that live in what is called the “outskirts of civilisation” who still understand and honour our connection to the wider universe, but we in the “first world” have all but forgotten our state of oneness.

We are all connected to the energy of the world. Universal energy brings us together and makes us one.


4. Learn from the world’s ancient wisdoms

Dont get too bogged down in modernity. Remember ancient wisdom, like the wisdom of the dharma. There are many life lessons to be learnt from ancient wisdom. And they do make the world a better place.

It’s ironic that the more we learn the more we forget. Science continues to make amazing discoveries each and every day, but at the same time we’ve forgotten what the Ancient Egyptians learnt, what the Mayans discovered, our spiritual reality. We’ve forgotten ancient truths about ourselves and the universe. And having forgotten these spiritual truths, we live in ignorance, causing harm to the planet.


5. Be happy and make the world a happier place

Happiness is everything. Happy, positive people are the best people in the world.

Money. Career. Social status. We’ve learnt to place these things above what truly matters the most: happiness.

A life lived without happiness can never be considered a genuine success. We all deserve happiness. While the media and society might make it seem as though we have to conform to certain pressures, the truth is that at the end of the day what matters is that when your days are numbered you look back and say to yourself “I had a happy life”. That matters more than anything


6. Remember that only love can save the world

Money? Success? Fame? Power? They are nothing compared to love. All you need is love. Love. Love. Love. Click To Tweet

If there is one way to serve the world it is with love

The most valuable commodity is always inside us. That valuable commodity is love. Love is the pathway. We should extend love to all, love for ourselves, love for our neighbours, love for our friends, love for everyone. If the world was built of love we’d have no need to expand because we’d already be where we need to be. Love is everything.


7. Be a free spirited person so the world is more peaceful

Live your life and be free. Get out in nature. Enjoy the world. Enjoy living. And always remember that you are free.

If only there were more spiritually liberated people, the world would be a brighter and happier place to live.

Among all the pressures of society and career we’ve forgotten that we should feel free to live our lives precisely how we see fit. But we’re so worried about being judged that the majority of us simply conform to society without daring to be individual. We forget that we are all beautiful individuals. But if we don’t live life in the fullness of our colour we starve the world of its vibrancy and contrast. Nature gave us personalities, it should be our mission to express those personalities.


8. Make the world fair by believing in real democracy, not token-democracy

The people are the power.

Where is power today? Most of us believe that power is with the ruling class, with politicians and billionaires. But that has never been true. Throughout history the people have proven that when they need to they can rise up and rip power from the corrupt hands of rulers. The power is with the people. If everyone learned this one life lesson, that we are power, then the ruling class would never be able to corrupt us.


9. Remember that the world needs kindness more than money

Only compassion can save the world. Click To Tweet

Money is not success. Success is success. Money is money. They are not the same thing.

Research shows that the vast majority of people in the modern world believe that wealth and success are interchangeable. This could not be further from the truth. Some billionaires have done nothing but rob and manipulate people. Some of the poorest people on Earth have inspired millions. Money is no measure of success and never has been.

Instead of focusing on money, focus on kindness.


10. We forgot the power of now

Live in the present moment. This moment is everything. Always remember the power of now.

Now is everything. Life is lived in an infinity of now, one long moment that rolls out before us like the undulating waves of the ocean. This moment right now is everything. But the majority of us live in yesterday or tomorrow. We must remember the life lesson that now, this present moment, is everything. To live life, live now, not tomorrow, not yesterday, now, this moment, this second, now.

We must remember these ten ways to help the world be a better pace before it’s too late. These are the best ways to help the world be a better place.



 Help the natural world by living a carbon-neutral  life

Today, our good friend Zadie Snowden is celebrating ten years of carbon neutrality.We think that’s something worth celebrating, so we had a good long chat with Zadie and are sharing her story and advice here. So, how can we all achieve carbon neutrality, and why does carbon neutrality matter?…


The Daily Meditation (Paul): Zadie, what inspired you to go carbon neutral?

Zadie: I was brought up to believe that mother nature is divine. Nature is the most sacred, beautiful, and precious thing that there is.  I believe in doing everything I can in order to protect nature, and a part of that is making sure that my lifestyle has no impact on nature.

Climate change is a very serious problem and it’s largely caused by carbon dioxide released through fossil fuels–coal, gas, etc.


Here’s how it works: if you add polluting emissions to the atmosphere, you can effectively subtract them by purchasing carbon offsets. Carbon offsets are simply credits for emission reductions achieved by projects such as wind farms, solar installations, or energy efficiency retrofits. You can purchase these credits and apply them to your own emissions to reduce your net climate impact.


The Daily Meditation (Paul):  How difficult has it been to become carbon neutral? 

Zadie: It takes a little effort and a lot of diligence, but carbon neutrality is definitely achievable, and so very worthwhile.


The Daily Meditation (Paul):  Can you explain what carbon neutrality is exactly?

Sure thing, Paul. Carbon neutrality is taking responsibility for gas emissions, like those produced when we drive, and also those produced through our computer and other items.  Climate change is a global problem, so we’re all in it together. If I do something to reduce emissions, helps to have a positive effect the world over.


The Daily Meditation (Paul):  Do you believe people have a responsibility to lower their carbon emissions?

Zadie? Yes, absolutely. We should all try to take account of our carbon emissions and we should all strive to reduce them. We might not be able to achieve zero carbon emissions, but we can go carbon neutral by purchasing carbon offsets.  Thankfully, a lot of people and organisations are already doing there bit…


People and organisations who have gone carbon zero include:


  • Sporting events like the FIFA World Cup and athletes
  • Airlines offer customers the option to offset emissions
  • Hotels offer carbon neutral accomodation
  • Movies and media companies like BSkyB and MTV are offsetting their emissions
  • Business including HSBS, Google, Nike, Dell and Swiss Re have committed to carbon neutrality.




The Daily Meditation (Paul):  So, how did you achieve carbon neutrality and how can other people do the same thing?

Zadie: There are quite a few different aspects of my lifestyle that I changed. So, here goes…

Firstly, I changed my transportation. 


I don’t drive to work and I don’t take the bus. I did take the bus for a short while, which is a lot better than driving yourself (because the emissions are shared among all passengers). But these days I either cycle or walk. [She smiles] And that’s great exercise too so it’s a win / win.


Then I became energy efficient and carbon neutral:  This is really all about the little things. Changing the light bulbs to LEDs, unplugging the computer (though I’ve actually stopped using the computer completely now). Turning off TV and electronics. Wash clothes in cold water. Hang everything out to dry. And never using any electricity without good reason.


Next up, renewable power: Get your utility to switch your account to renewable power, such as wind farms. Some of the companies don’t offer this option yet, but if you ask them you’re doing your part to get them to switch.

Diet is important too: Organic foods… they’re pricey, and I know not everyone can afford them, but if you can then I think you should. Growing your own is also an option. [She laughs] I’ve had my own vegetable patch for years now. It’s good fun too.

Reduce waste: Landfills produce methane which is a greenhouse gas. So, you can help by reducing garbage. I asked our local store manager to sell more recyclable products. At first he ignored me, but I kept asking him. I think he got a little irritated actually–sorry, George–but he did eventually start selling more recyclable goods.

Fly less: This one has actually been the toughest for me. I have family in England. I’m here in the US. So… it’s been a challenge to fly less because that means seeing family less. [She turns aside sadly for a moment]. Honestly, that’s the one thing I regret. But… sometimes you have to make sacrifices. I still see them at least once a year, and I make sure to save up so I can afford to offset the emissions for the flight…

Get involved: I honestly think that this is the best thing you can do. The best way to help is to educate other people about the effect of their carbon footprint. A lot of people ignore their carbon footprint because they don’t realise how important it is. Some of my friends didn’t really get it, so I told them all about the affect our carbon emissions are having and what we can do to reduce the environmental cost of our lifestyle. And I’ve got to say, I’m proud to have such amazing friends. They all did their bit to help out. I’m sure other people are in a similar situations. Let your friends know about carbon emissions and they’ll surprise you. They’ll change their lifestyle. And then we all win, and we all get to help protect this beautiful planet.

The Daily Meditation (Paul):  So, Zadie, is there anything else you’d like to say?

Yeah. Guys, we truly can help the world be a better place. Most people want to help out and to do their part for the planet. Help them to do that. Maybe you can share this article, or just explain to them in your own words why carbon footprint is so important. Help other people to do their part. They’ll surprise you, and we’ll all be better for it.




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Paul Harrison is a meditation teacher, author and journalist based in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Paul has helped thousands of people to discover their true potential. Don’t miss Paul’s inspirational and enlightening book Journey To The Buddha Within You.