A lot of people want to make a positive impact on society, and on the other hand, there are people devoted to corrupting society, thereby leaving a negative impact directly or indirectly. There is also a general belief that says to impact society either positively or negatively one must have superior power over others. This is not 100% true.
Yes, leaders in every section tend to have a kind of impact on their followers, but we have examples of people who hold no significant post or office who have impacted our society either positively or negatively. For instance, a family is a minor section of society. We can say that whatever impact the father or the mother had on their children will affect society in one way or the other. Here, the father or the mother doesn’t have a major post or office in the society, but they play a major role in the positive impact of society.
The truth is that the people who have changed our world for the better are not the most popular or in the spotlight people. They are ordinary people. Rosa Parks helped to bring attention to civil rights. She wouldn’t give up her seat for a white to sit as ordered by the driver. She was arrested, but her confidence gave others hope to rise and fight.
Also, Candy Lightner stood up against drunk driving after her daughter was killed by a drunk driver. She stood up when there was little or no laws against it. There are several examples of ordinary people who have made great impacts on our generation, like Malala Yousafzai who fought for women’s education, Irena Sendler who helped to free Jews in Poland during the Nazi soldiers’ invasion, and many more. We can see it is not really about their positions and hierarchy but attitudes.
In the same way, we have ordinary people that have impacted our society negatively directly or indirectly. So, let’s go through ways by which we can make a positive impact on our society.
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HOW TO MAKE POSITIVE IMPACT ON THE SOCIETY
Living a Purposeful Life
A life of purpose has an important role in impacting society positively. The purpose will help to channel the right energy to make the right impact in society. A life that has purpose helps one to focus clearly on things that matter. It helps to propel the right actions with the correct passion. One tends to draw back from things that matter when there is no purpose, and there is always ineffectiveness.
Commitment to a purposeful life helps to nurture ideas, and amazing things begin to happen. Living a life of purpose helps people to know who they are, where they should go, what they should do, and why they should do it.
Optimism is the attitude that shows hope that an outcome or future processes will be positive or favorable. It helps one to handle a bad situation well. A bad result or situation won’t bring an optimistic individual down.
Being optimistic is not the fact that stress and bad occurrences are ignored, but they are being approached and handled more productively. Learning to see positivity in bad results and occurrences is also a good attitude that should be imbibed by both old and young.
People who made an impact on their society have positive optimism about everything. They believe and trust in the change of people and society for the better. They don’t give up on people easily. They always try to help people to change for the better. Our society tends to change when there are positive changes in people overall. So, people who have an impact on society have optimism in people and society as a whole because they help people change for the better.
Committed to Improving Themselves and Others Around Them
One of the things that is common to people that had a positive impact on society is the hunger to improve and get better day after day. These people always want to improve others around them such that the change they want won’t catch them unaware or seem strange to them. One of the ways to become relevant and important is to get to know about little changes in the different sections and adjust the mind to it.
In our world today, technology has grown so much that it is involved in most activities. Technology has evolved and it is going deeper day by day. Someone who wants to make a positive impact must be aware of these changes and be ready to know and adjust to new things. Improving oneself creates loads of avenues to make positive impacts, because we get to know new things and also know more about what we already know.
Smiling at Everyone
Smiling is the facial expression that is characterized by the turning up of the corners of the mouth and the opening of the front teeth. It shows hope, signals that things will become better, and exhibits faith in the process when it does not even look like it is working.
A smiling individual tends to have a more positive impact on society than an individual who always puts on a sad face. A smiling face can help one to better interact with people, and thereby, have a better relationship with them.
Smiling shows positivity, and that’s exactly what people want. They want a change to their current situation; a smiling individual can help bring hope to them. Smiling is contagious, and it improves mood. So, it is an important tool that can make a positive impact on society.
Saying and Standing for the Truth (Honesty)
Honesty is when an individual speaks and stands for the truth and only the truth. People tend to believe or follow an honest person compared to a lying tongue.
Honesty can have its bad side, as some people would want to hate you for it, but the truth is there will be a time when they need someone to tell or say the truth. Then, they will come back.
Being honest can have a positive impact on our society. Imagine if more than half of the population is honest, then we can rest assured that lies, which are the root of so many bad impacts on our society, will not have a place in our society.
Setting Personal and Societal Goals
Setting goals help with accountability and progress. Having personal goals is the primary thing, while societal is secondary, because a changed or a better person leads to a better society. You should set goals that will make an impact, add values, and affect the lives of the people in the community. Your goal is to touch lives, encourage others, and motivate others. You can achieve this by being a volunteer, becoming a mentor, fighting for societal rights, hosting value-adding, showcasing talent at events or shows, and so on. After death, people are often forgiven, but they are always remembered for how they used their resources to touch lives and help people to achieve their dreams and goals.
Always Ready to Help
A candle, they say, loses nothing when it lights others. One of the quickest ways of making a long-lasting impression on someone is by helping them out of situations. It doesn’t necessarily have to be giving out material things. It might be a little advice and hearing them out. You don’t have to do it with your convenience at stake, but do it when it is necessary and important.
Appreciating Little Things
It is the little things that we do not pay attention to in life that matter. These are the things that are important. How do we appreciate these little things? By keeping track of what they are (your wife always trying to ask about everything in your life, which some men do not like, or someone giving you their attention all the time, which you eventually take for granted) and appreciating them by showing concern and thankful reactions.
Respect Everyone Equally
As humans, we tend to appreciate people of high status in society and people who could be of help in one way or the other. This is hypocritical, as showing respect to the less privileged is equally important. Your attitude speaks a lot about how you respect. You can say you respect people, and you do not even give them listening ears, help them celebrate little victories, or encourage them in their shortcomings?
A proper impression can be made in society when you stay positive. These include the words you say during testing times, how you react to issues and your success stories. A positive mindset gives you hope and encourages both yourself and others.