We are living in a time of change and a lot of us are waking up to our true selves. Maybe one of the most persistent thoughts in this process is how crazy and messed up our world is.

Yes, no matter how positively we think, as soon as we open our eyes and realize how disconnected and divided we humans are, how wrong our society is, or how carelessly we treat our planet, our mood can be affected.

Our everyday consumption, our decisions each day can contribute to maintaining the old and outdated system or can contribute to a new and better one. So here are 10 peaceful ways to change the world into a better one, having fun while you are at it.

1. Spread Positivity

Improving your attitude and living a more positive life overall can sometimes be difficult and takes a lot of effort. But a part of it can also be more simple. You can spread positivity around you with small actions: give compliments, help someone in need, play positive music, encourage someone, smile, hug someone, do sports, read positive books, learn or do something new every day. These actions can help you maintain an optimistic mood and help others feel the same because we all know that emotions are contagious.

2. Ditch or at least reduce consumption of animal products

The world’s top scientists, including Stephen Hawking, consider climate change to be one of the world’s greatest threats. Science shows that going vegan is one of the most effective ways to fight climate change. Here are some stunning facts:

  • A staggering 51%  or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions are caused by animal agriculture.
  • 5 tons of animal waste is produced per person in the US.
  • 3/4 of the world’s fisheries are exploited or depleted. As many as 2.7 trillion animals are pulled from the ocean each year. We could see fishless oceans by 2048.

These are just a few facts and reasons to completely ditch, or at least reduce, the consumption of animal products.

3. Recycle, live more sustainable, buy organic and fair trade, pay attention what you support when you buy something

In the age of consumerism, recycling is a must. Why? Because our resources are going to end soon enough if we don’t put a price on recycling. I try to buy everything recycled and cut unnecessary consumption as much as I can, and I still live a modern and comfortable life.

We spray and poison the earth with chemicals, reducing the costs of the production of food, making ourselves and our environment sick. Then we wonder why we are prone to diseases, why organic farmers are almost a story of the past, and why they are so expensive.

The good news is that there are a lot of sustainable alternatives. There are still organic farmers out there who produce delicious and healthy foods for us. We have a choice. We don’t have to make our children responsible for our ignorance and our mess. Our money has the power to change the world!

4. Get rid of your television and stop watching/reading corporate media

We all know that television sells lies, fear, and negativity to control the population and to keep us asleep. There’s no conspiracy here anymore. Stop watching and supporting their madness. Turn off your TV and get rid of it or use it as a screen to connect to the internet with. Get educated, not dumbed down. I am not saying that there aren’t any good TV channels out there, but is it worth it to pay for it when you have an internet connection and you can choose your own news sources?

5. Don’t remain quiet about injustice and learn to stand up for yourself

This could happen everywhere and could come from everyone: in institutions, by the workplace, on the streets, by the bank and insurance companies, even our loved ones can abuse us. I took part in plenty of situations when I got abused, or taking advantage of until I learned to stand up for myself. Don’t let yourself abused, speak out for yourself.

6. Help where you can and if you can’t, then don’t hurt 

If someone is helpless and you can really help them but you choose not to, then put yourself in their place. How would you feel? That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice yourself for them, but at least try to understand and help them if you can. We all have moments of struggle in our lives. Very important is not to laugh at people’s situation or make fun of them. A person in need is very vulnerable. Walk away if you can’t or don’t want to help.

7. Talk about important topics rather than small talk, whenever you can

People like to talk about every little thing and that’s ok. We need that from time to time, but it shouldn’t be the standard conversation type. We should talk more about important topics, topics that make us think and build our imagination and creativity. Topics that make us aware of who we are and our surroundings. Ideas, personal talents, and discoveries are born from these topics. I recently find out that someone I love, have a talent for singing, she didn’t talk about it, although we see each other every day. Don’t hide your thoughts. They can inspire, change or transform the world!

8. Get active, donate, help for a better world

There are plenty of nonprofit organizations who care and commit to a better world. If you have the extra money and time, make donations or volunteer to do their work. If not, search and educate yourself on the internet, sign petitions, share for awareness or create yourself something that could help to build a better world. Be the change! It costs nothing and you will feel amazing.

So there it is. Eight best ways I can think of to change the world for the better. If it resonates with you, that’s awesome. If it doesn’t, then find better ways to do it. But don’t fight to change the world, do it peacefully! We, simple and normal people are the change!