Happiness Experiment No 37: make a difference

“In a gentle way, you can shake the world.” Mahtma Gandhi

Most people would agree that changing the world for the better would be a good thing to do but where should you start?  Ending world poverty, creating world peace, ending discrimination, saving the environment they are all important goals but what difference can I make? Stephen Covey, the famous author of The 7 Habits of Effective People argued that “.. one person can be a change catalyst, a ‘transformer’ in any situation, any organization.  Such an individual is yeast that can leaven an entire loaf.”  Making a difference can start with one person and that one person can become a small group. Each of those small groups had one person who inspired them.  As Margaret Mead said:

“Never underestimate the power of a small group of people to change the world. In fact, it is the only way it ever has.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson stated that: “The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honourable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.”  The short video below illustrates this point well but demonstrates that in making a difference to others we actually become happy ourselves.  I hope the video inspires you to make a difference in a small way.

Make a difference   Posted by Shona Lockhart on 20th April, 2015

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