This blog is about inspiration. A lot of us want to make our life and others better, every day. Some of us get together and actually fight for this. But; There is often too little time, too much effort and a feeling of helplessness surrounding us when it comes to this. I have the belief, that we today have enough knowledge to actually "make the world a better place". We are capable of flying to other planets, making food out of nothing, and curing diseases that people died of before. Still,
as we see in the media every day, more and more people suffer. The division between rich and poor grows, and
the news show us all the other dark sides: Rape, murder, corrupted politicians and war. After reading "no need to envy", a book about North-Korea: A country were some of the worst conditions imaginable actually exists, I felt anger soaring inside me. That some leaders can try to actually accomplish so much suffering today, is simply terrible. This rage led to a lot of thoughts and ideas, that I now share with the readers of this blog. If just one of you thinks this is a good idea, I would love to know.
To introduce the idea, I will ask everyone to watch this short movie first. Even if it takes 18 minutes of your time, I really promise it is worth it (psychologists honor)
We go about our everyday lives wanting things to always be getting better. We hope that our work makes a difference and those who came before us are proud and we wish for our children to have more than what we were given. As anyone knows who has heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous speech—delivered fifty years ago this August~ dreams are at the center of any effort to make things better. And today we have something with more power than we might realize: The internet. It’s not without reason that China and North-Korea tried to keep their inhabitants away from news. The media also have immense power, and even if some might argue that they focus on the wrong things (making thin the new fashion, ignoring many crises out there) there still is so many good journalists out there, who really want to make the world a better place. Combine the knowledge, motivation the internet and the media and you have a wonderful recipe: People who actually do something.
So, this is all well and fine, but how does this help? What can I DO? If you have watched the movie, I give an option. Like we all help the world by sorting our paper and throw it in a separate garbage bin, thereby saving the rainforest, what about spreading validation around to others ? What happens when someone smiles at us? Research shows that our mirror-neurons respond automatically by creating a smile on your own lips. This means that smiling AT someone, actually MAKE them happier. Research also shows that being happy yourself, gives you more energy to be there for others. So, like in the video, I would challenge the readers of this blog to do JUST one nice thing for somebody else (preferably a stranger, because that would have the biggest impact) the next week. When you have done that, write WHAT you did, and if you want, leave your email at the end. This will be like signing a petition for releasing a political prisoners. For every one of you who does that, you might have made the world just a little better. This is what your story means: You are signing a petition for a better world!
- 2013 My 100 Day Challenge (my100daychallenge.com)
- (never stop dreaming!) http://www.lollydaskal.com/leadership/lolly-daskal-i-have-a-dream/
- Validation: You can change things (forfreepsychology.wordpress.com)
- A women who writes brilliantly about how to think for yourself and fight for what others say is “naïve”: http://theoeditrix.com/2013/06/24/im-naive-not-stupid-theres-a-difference/