6 Practical Ways to Change the World For the Better

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I’ve often heard that there are many ways to change the world, but the question is – who will change it and why? Moreover, what’s wrong with the world as it is?

I know this question will come up in the minds of many people. Am I right?

Well, all I can say is that the world can be a better place, and if it can, then why not try for it – isn’t it?

I mean a world without or with as few problems as possible.

Some would still be least bothered to read this post because it’s about the world and not them.

That’s where they first need to change their way of thinking.

As far as you’re living in the world, its problems are yours and you’re responsible for them in some way or the other.

Every individual needs to be concerned with the problems of the world, take initiative, and actively participate to solve them.

In reality, we’re so engrossed in our own lives and tuned to the world that everything appears to be normal and reasonable to us.

We’ve become habituated to the problems that we face and have adjusted ourselves to things that we think we cannot change.

You might say that if you’ve opted to reconcile then why do I’ve a problem with that.

Well, that’s exactly the problem. Why should you reconcile and give up your right for a better life?

You need to reconsider your assumption that you cannot change the things and your world.

In fact, the truth is that you’ve all the power to change your life and the life of others. The only thing you need to do is believe in yourself, and in the cause.

But first, let’s try to understand our world better.

“Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world. Just start thinking peace, and the message will spread quicker than you think.” ~ Yoko Ono

Why Do We Need to Change The World

If you look back in the past, you’d realize that the world had been plagued with problems umpteen number of times, but some or the other kind of change bailed it out.

There have been revolutions and renaissances to make the world a better place to live in, and remarkably, people like you brought them about.

Likewise, you too can find ways to change the world. However, most of you need to be convinced that the world needs a change.

I’ve listed out six major problems in the world, and I think each one of you is affected by at least one of the problems in your daily life.

As you read each problem, think if you’re affected by it and would you like it to be changed or resolved:

• Discrimination, racism, and lack of tolerance

• Increasing hatred, violence, and war

• Environment and natural resources degradation

• Epidemic of lifestyle diseases

• Poverty and decreased quality of life

Abuse and crime against women

Our world is suffering from the above-mentioned problems and it’s not limited to just a handful of these. There are hosts of other problems that make it difficult for us to live happily and peacefully.

Now, don’t you think these are reasons enough to wake up?

If you agreed with any of these problems, then are you doing anything to resolve it – if not, then why not?

I realize that people living in the developed countries have less firsthand experience about most of these problems, and this could be a cause for their lack of involvement.

But I know of many of my friends living in the US and Europe who actively advocate and make efforts to bring a good change in the world.

“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi

How to Change The World and Resolve Our Problems

What I’m getting at is that if we don’t force ourselves to solve our own problems, then who will?

Politicians? Government?

Yes, sure they can do a lot if they’ve the will, but those might just be the macroscopic solutions.

You can’t depend on them for your daily life harassment, problems, and sufferings. You need to take control of your own life.

As mentioned in the quote by Mahatma Gandhi, you need to “be the change” yourself that you wish to see in the world.

The change in the world starts with YOU!

If each person becomes responsible enough and takes steps to bring about a change, would it take long for the world to change? I don’t think so – do you?

Do you know that even one person can make a difference? Yes, YOU alone are enough and can make a huge difference.

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There are many real life examples from around the world of people making a difference in the world all alone.

You can also do that if you follow these 6 ways.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

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6 Ways to Change the World

It’s all about you.

The change begins with you. You change yourself, you change your life, and so you help change the world.

I’ve shortlisted six ways in which you can bring about change, and I’ve put them together into an acronym – I call it a SIMPLE change approach.

S – Change of Self-concept

I – Change of Intentions

M – Change of Mind

P – Change of Personality

L – Change of Lifestyle

E – Change of Emotions

It’s really simple, isn’t it?

“In order to change the world, you have to get your head together first.” ~ Jimi Hendrix

Change Your Self-concept

Here, by self-concept I mean your beliefs and perceptions.

By changing these, you change your self-identity and self-perspective, and change what you think about yourself.

Start thinking about yourself in positive terms, and use positive affirmations to believe that you’re strong enough to lead a better life.

If you change the way you think about yourself, you’ll change the way you think about the world.

Change Tip – Feel good about yourself and see the world with the same pair of eyes, then you’ll probably never think of discriminating people, nor of indulging in acts or thoughts of racism.

Change Your Intentions

Intentions are the roots of your thoughts and actions.

If your intentions are good and helpful, your thoughts and actions will be accordingly good and helpful too.

You’d then most likely not abuse anybody, nor commit crime against anyone.

“Never intentionally hurt others in any way” – this resolution will create a big impact and reduce the suffering in the world.

With the positive change in your beliefs and perceptions, you’ll be more likely to have positive intentions that breed positivity.

Change Tip – Always have good intentions, as the resulting actions and behavior are thoughtful and controlled, and they bring more power and value to whatever you say or do.

Change Your Mind

I’ve written about the mind. It is responsible for your way of thinking, attitude, and outlook of life.

Once you change your mind in a positive way, you change your attitude of tolerance, discrimination, quality of life, and other aspects in favorable ways.

Tolerance is an attitude of the mind that implies non-judgmental acceptance of different lifestyles or beliefs.

Yes, tolerance is about recognizing and respecting the fact there are people of different cultures, religions, and races, and it’s okay accepting them as part of your world.

If you accept others, discrimination ends.

Change Tip – Control and educate your mind to be happy and successful. You thereby increase your quality of life to satisfactory levels.

Change Your Personality

By personality, I mean the personal characteristics or qualities of a person.

If you’re devoted to a good cause and determined to carry it out, you’ll undoubtedly change the world for the better.

Your perseverance and hard work will bring you closer to success, and help you overcome poverty or other miseries of life, if they exist.

It were the positive and strong personal qualities of Mahatma Gandhi that brought a change in him. Not only did his course of life change, but he was able to bring about a change in the world too.

Change Tip – Be courageous and bring about a change. Be determined to seek justice, and be dedicated to making the world a better place to live in for the entire human race.

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Change Your Lifestyle

Your lifestyle is your way of living. Your health and the earth’s condition depend on the kind of lifestyle you adopt in your life.

You need to educate yourself on the effects and repercussions of your lifestyle.

Think whether what you eat, wear, and use – cause damage to yourself or your surrounding environment.

Living a faulty lifestyle can lead to the misuse and extinction of the earth’s natural resources like water, forests, and increase toxicity as well.

Instead, you need to adopt an eco-active lifestyle and make efforts to save the resources.

Be careful of what you shop, reuse and recycle. Be less dependent on material comforts that use earth’s resources and produce toxic waste or pollution, and thus reduce your carbon footprint.

Be aware that your unhealthy lifestyle consisting of lack of good food, exercise, and proper routine can make you suffer from lifestyle diseases like heart disease, diabetes, and stress.

Change Tip – Choose a lifestyle that keeps you mentally and physically healthy as well as upkeeps the natural resources and environment of the world.

Change Your Emotions

Love is the strongest emotion that unites people in the world. Spread love through your words and actions.

If you’re kind and caring, you’ll develop gratitude and generosity towards others. As a result, there will be less hatred or other negative feelings wherever you go.

Activities based on love and harmony creates peace between people, communities, and countries. This overcomes aggression and violence, besides avoiding war.

Love is the cure of all problems. If you love yourself, you’ll love others; if you love others, you’ll love and accept their ways. And if you’re tolerant, then there will be peace all over.

Do something nice for somebody every day. Laugh, smile, be happy and remain thankful – you spread positive energy and emotions that way.

Change Tip – Donate to charity, volunteer to help others in any big or small way, and engage yourself in random acts of kindness. You’ll be surprised to see the difference you can make to other peoples’ lives and the world this way.

Here’s a list of things you can do to change your world.

“It’s a philosophy of life. A practice. If you do this, something will change, what will change is that you will change, your life will change, and if you can change you, you can perhaps change the world.” ~ Vivienne Westwood

Can you remain positive, have good intentions, control your mind, be determined, live the right way, and be loving and helpful?

Well, this is in fact the crux of the SIMPLE ways to change the world, and it could be your contribution for the betterment of the world.

Remember that you as an individual are the units or building blocks of the community, society, country and the world.

If the units or blocks change, the whole picture changes.

Positive change is never easy. It’s like flowing against the stream. But once you change, you find that it was worth the effort – it brings you more comfort and happiness.

After going through this post on making an attempt to change the world, are you courageous enough to take the initiative? Wouldn’t you like to be a part of a better world, and do something about it?

So, let’s join hands to make this world a better place, for you, me, and everyone else. 🙂

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.” ~ Margaret Mead

Over to You –

Do you believe you can make a difference to the world? How do you think you can contribute to the betterment of the world? What are the other ways to change the world that you would suggest? Share in the comments.

 

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  1. Sherill Torres

    January 6, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Loved your post. I agree that is why we should begin with ourselves and instill change for the better. Better for us, better for our world. Peace be with us always!

  2. lynne

    December 8, 2014 at 5:47 am

    HI, very well explained, this serves as a reminder for all of us, Change is the only thing permanent in this world, so why not start changing for the better and aim for a a peaceful world. Thanks for sharing a great post.

  3. dheeraj jain

    March 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Hello Harleena,
    Change is a very important aspect of life. Change in world is need of time. The world is the place where we live, so we have to change our attitude in order to change the world. If we change our mindset and do good things it will be a contribution in changing the world. one should try to figure out the problems and also find the solution instead of complaining.
    Your thoughts are really good.The “SIMPLE approach” is so impressive. Thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

  4. William Butler

    February 14, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    As the adage goes, “You’re either part of the problem or you’re part of the solution.” This post is a call to action for people to be part of the solution. I think the four words I live by tend to that end: BE LOVE TO OTHERS. If more people take this to heart, emulate all the attributes of what love is, they will become more understanding, more wise and compassionate, more giving and helpful. How is this possible?
    Because Love is OTHER-centered.

    Part of being compassionate, that I speak of, comes from forgiving others for their failings. Who hasn’t made mistakes? The answers lie in making amends where possible and learning to be better.

    Yes we can have heaven on earth. It’s going to require more people to engage in spiritual intelligence.

    Have an awesome weekend!
    Bill

  5. Dee Ann Rice

    October 6, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Harleena,

    I like what you have said and I think that one person can make great change.

    I you change (it does not matter in what way) everyone you come in contact with will change in response to your change. If you make a positive change than that positive change will affect everyone around you. It will radiate out from you like ripples on water when a pebble is thrown in.

    I think if we all try to live our lives in a positive manner as you have described we can make great change. Wouldn’t that be a great world to live in.

    Thanks Harleena for the inspiration.

    Dee Ann

    • Harleena Singh

      October 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Dee Ann,

      Good to see you after a long time!

      I’m glad you agree with the post. Yes, change can be contagious. One person can cause the domino-effect and be the pebble that can creates waves in the world.

      It would really be great if everybody adopts the simple change approach and live in a positive manner as you suggest. That I think would be near-to-heaven on earth!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your beautiful thoughts and views. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  6. Piyush Mathur

    October 4, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I asked the above question for a reason, Regardless of how many changes you make inside, the world outside never seems to change its flow.

    They need a dramatic example to change? Is it?

    I suppose there is nothing else you can do but “change yourself”. There is only so much one person can do.

    Going round, and round in circles — May be that why they call it a vicious circle?

    • Harleena Singh

      October 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Hi Piyush,

      As I mentioned in the reply to the previous comment, the emphasis has to be on personal change, irrespective of the change in the world. Once you develop inner strength and change yourself, your way of thinking and perspective too will change.

      Yes, it’s gotta be “change yourself”. I believe that instead of trying to change the world, we should try to change as many individuals, after we change our self. Even if we’re able to influence and change one person, we’ve contributed to the change in the world.

      I’d say a good change is a good way to get out of the vicious circle.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. I appreciate it. 🙂

  7. Piyush M

    September 27, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    It is the “Everybody does it attitude” that keeps shifting people towards doing the wrong thing. If we all doing the right thing then there will be no problems in the world.

    It is individuality that is the cause of the problem, but the answer is not that simple still.

    How do we unite as one people regardless of the differences?

    • Harleena Singh

      October 6, 2013 at 6:47 pm

      Hi Piyush,

      Welcome to my blog!

      You’re right – most people like to follow, rather than be a leader. They like to do the same thing that others do, than be different themselves. And, doing the wrong thing is easier most of the times than doing the right thing.

      I think we should not expect an ideal world where everything is good and all are doing the right thing. Let’s accept that evil will be there and people will be doing the wrong thing. The fact is that it’s never about the people, but your own self. One needs to sort his or her own self, the rest should not matter. That way, one person can make a difference.

      The basis of unity among people with differences can be “goodness”. You’ll more easily accept people if you find they are good, and promote peace and tolerance.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views and spurring more thoughts. Have a great week ahead! 🙂

  8. Mary Stephenson

    September 23, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Hi Harleena

    I guess I am late to the conversation here. As for Lee…I will agree with some of his comments about charity organizations, but for everything else he is way out of line.

    Change always starts with us. Want to be happy…it starts with you, no one else is going to give it to you. I have had people do me wrong and take advantage of me and abuse me. Not forgiving them gives them the power. All changes need to start inside of you and no one else can do that for you. If you are bitter or angry, nothing changes until you change.

    Just accepting people and smiling at others can be a simple way of changing their day. It costs nothing, it doesn’t always have to be about money. If you have money to spare and you want to give then find someone in need to give it to. It never has to be about giving to charities. If you are giving only for a tax right off, then the whole concept of giving is pointless.

    Everything we can do for the environment or our own health is a good thing. Information sharing to improve other people’s lives is a step in the right direction also. In an ideal world everyone would follow the golden rule, but alas that will probably never happen. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t spread a little sunshine around this planet…we all live here!

    Great post.

    Mary

    • Harleena Singh

      September 23, 2013 at 8:37 am

      Hi Mary,

      No, you’re not late because we’re discussing a problem that is ongoing and an issue that’ll require contemplation and action all the time. I’m saddened over the recent violence news reports, and the need to change the world and this post become more relevant.

      Yes, I do agree that there might be some exceptions of charities mishandling the funds, but since Sue also presents the authenticity of some charities in her comment, we cannot generalize Lee’s accusations.

      You’re right about happiness – it all depends on us; we always have a choice – to be happy or to be sad. And, the true happiness is dependent on your own self, and not on any external person, thing, or entity.

      You’ve used a strong statement – “not forgiving them gives them the power”. People often thing otherwise, but we don’t realize that the bitterness and feelings of vengeance that we keep inside, do us only harm, and retard our progress. Peace starts with forgiveness, and happiness is its fruit, isn’t it?

      I totally agree – how wonderful would it be to see all smiling at each other and having kind intentions and good feelings, and you’re right – it doesn’t cost a dime – you get peace and happiness for free! 🙂

      Your point about charities is correct and I didn’t think from the tax point of view earlier. And, you’re right, you don’t need a charity to help someone, you can always find the needy anywhere and everywhere.

      If we think that we can exploit the Earth because we’ll have alternatives for settling down on Moon or Mars, we’re wrong. Even if such possibilities come true in the near future, we need to keep Earth safe and intact. And for that, we need to change our lifestyle.

      I believe even if I’m able to inspire and motivate a single person to take proactive steps, my efforts are worthy. I’ll on my part always keep on trying, be positive, and keep the belief that our world can turn into an ideal one; if only we expect the best, that we fall somewhere near to it, isn’t it?

      Thanks so much for your so insightful and wise thoughts that have thrown a new light on this post – thanks for the sunshine and I really appreciate it. 🙂

  9. Ashutosh

    September 19, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    A perfect post at a perfect time as we really need a change. Look around and everything seems to be messed, everywhere chaos and things going in the wrong direction. Sometimes, I really think if we are really living in a civilized world. Evolution always meant to move ahead but the way things are happening around us, it seems we are going back into the pages of history.

    The recent news about the so called honor killing is really disturbing and then I got over your blog. Really, it feels a bit soothing but let’s see if the message of changing the world is accepted and taken in a positive light for those people who are killing in the name of honour.

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts, wanted to write a lot more but something is feeling so bad today. I hope you understand.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm

      Hi Ashutosh,

      I agree that these are the times when the world needs a change. Definitely with the kind of things happening around, you can’t say we live in a civilized world, rather it’s all becoming primitive.

      It’s been thousands of years that we’ve been struggling and suffering with violence in all forms, and its a pity that we’re not able to root it out. Are we really evolving – is technology advancement the only criteria of progress now?

      Honor killings are due to inflated egos, lack of control of mind, and absolute stubbornness. It’s sheer cold-blooded murder and its really a sad state of affairs.

      Yes, changing the mindset of such people is really a challenge, and I just hope that happens with time. I understand your feelings and sentiments, and it feels bad that we’re not able to do much to stop such wrong doings even in this modern world. But our helplessness will become an advantage for such people, and we need to at least propagate positive thoughts and never lose heart doing so, isn’t it?

      Thanks for stopping by and contributing to the issue of the post, I really appreciate it. I wish you’ve a great week ahead. 🙂

  10. Sue Price

    September 19, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Hi Harleena

    I love this post as do most.

    Let me start by saying I think Lee (who does not have a face so sorry do not know if it is man or woman) has his/her facts wrong about the charities. The rest is opinion and not worth responding to. I can only speak for Australia but I was on the Board that regulates charities here. No one received large salaries and the amount that had to go to the charity was very regulated so always there were many volunteer.

    Now onto the positives or more constructive discussion.

    It would be easy of me to be deluded as I live in one of the safest, better economies of the world. I live in a holiday resort town where there is very little violence.

    That would be putting my head in the sand. Yes there are all the problems you mentioned and yes solutions can only start with us. No government is ever going to change things. These days the politics in politics is out of hand.

    This is why I love these young internet marketers/network marketer guys who see they can be the change. Many of them are motivated to make money to provide food and clean water. It is not about greed for most. But about being the change.

    If you are like me and some of the others and believe in Law of Attraction by becoming the best version of us change will happen.

    Love the post Harleena.

    Sue

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 6:39 pm

      Hi Sue,

      I’m so glad that you like the post.

      Thanks for clarifying the issue about charities, and I’m sure there are genuine ones all over the world too. However, there can be some exceptions, where some charities are run by dishonest people in some parts of the world, and we can give Lee a benefit of doubt that he or she might’ve come across such a charity, but even though, I don’t think that we can generalize and say that charities are bad just because of a few bad cases.

      It’s good to know about the place where you live in and the kind of life out there. You’re lucky and blessed, because life is just the opposite in many parts of the world. I know you’re aware of and acknowledge the problems of the world, and you’re right about the solution – the change starts with us.

      It’s so good to know that people online are making such noble efforts to provide food and clean water – this is definitely an act of change that is needed in the world. If there are more and more such selfless contributions, the world would definitely be a better place to live in.

      I definitely believe in Law of Attraction and totally agree with what you say. Our thoughts, assertions, affirmations, and perceptions are what matters, and our future depends on them. If we be the change, change will happen.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your insightful thoughts and opinions, they’re indeed valuable and I really appreciate you spending your time on this post. Wish you a great week ahead. 🙂

  11. June

    September 19, 2013 at 1:35 am

    Harleena, this is a great post.

    The world we live in is so corrupt and evil. It makes me sad. My grandson is nearly four months old and I dread to think what it will be like by the time he’s a teenager.

    You’re so right, it’s up to us to change it. A big problem with people these days is bad attitude. Last Saturday while shopping the cashier asked me where I was from. I told him Jamaica. He said, “Very bad country!” He went on to tell me how a friend of a relative was shot in the head because he told the person not to smoke in the compound.

    There’s a lot of unnecessary killings in that country. Children, women, teenagers and babies are being killed. I ask myself ‘why?’

    If violence could be stopped the world would be a much better place.

    Thanks for this article. It brings home just how bad the world is. But the world is made up of people. We are the world and it’s up to us to change it.

    Have a great evening. 🙂

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:55 pm

      Hi June,

      Thanks for appreciating the post.

      Well, the world has always been doing the balancing act between the good and bad, and humans harness their spirits in critical times to get through the bad phases, so don’t you worry about your grandson.

      But yes, lot will depend on the value he gets in his formative years, which I’m sure will not be a problem under your guidance.

      You’re right – bad attitude is definitely the biggest problem that stops us from seeking peace and happiness.

      It’s a sad incident what happened back in your country, and such is the scenario in many countries the world over. It’s because people don’t understand themselves, they’re committed to wrong beliefs and so act in wrong ways, and they’re not able to control their mind, among many other things.

      The antidote to violence is love – only love can cure the world. It’s important that we spread love through our thoughts, words, and actions.

      That’s it, we’re the one’s who’re the change and who will change the world. We need to keep this belief and make others believe in it too!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and experiences. I appreciate it and hope you had a great Sunday! 🙂

  12. Margarita

    September 18, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Dear Harleena,

    Such a wonderful post. I agree with all of your suggestions. However, all of those are controlled by the subconscious mind. For example, “change you mind”. It is easy to suggest and it might take a lifetime (or more) to achieve.

    Also taking action like donating to charity. I realized that what matters is the intention behind the action. For example, if the donation is for a reason to expect something in return, than it does not work. Same action can be performed for different reasons.

    I agree with all of the suggestion. The “how to” is much more complicated.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Hi Margarita,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m so glad that you like the post. 🙂

      I believe we can consciously control and regulate our subconscious mind. We can do that by making positive affirmations and controlling our mind. I totally agree with you that changing the mind is not an easy task, but then not an impossible one either. Of course, this depends from person to person.

      You’re very correct about the intention behind the action – they really matters a lot. I agree that the “how-to” is difficult and that is what robs the world of its peace and happiness. The only way out is for all of us to make efforts and use the simple change approach. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and views – they add value to the post. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  13. Olukunle Moses

    September 18, 2013 at 1:34 am

    Hi Harleena,

    I was just imagining if the whole world could read this post, we could all have just go SIMPLE and the world will be a better place. I promise to reach this out by starting to share to my dudes.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      Hi Moses,

      Welcome to my blog! I’m glad you like the post and the meaning that it conveys.

      Thank you for sharing it with your friends and passing on the message, it does make a difference.

      Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  14. Anne

    September 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I think it’s easy to get too accustomed to all the bad things in the world and take them for granted. I think we’ve been over-exposed to them in the news/media etc, that after a while they become ‘normal’. We’re not affected by them any more. It’s like a kid who sees horror films constantly. After a while they won’t be scared any more.

    We have to keep our minds separate from the cruelty and badness in the world. This is the only way we can make a difference because this is the only way we’ll realise that a change does NEED to me made.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:21 pm

      Hi Anne,

      You’re absolutely right – “we get too accustomed to all the bad things and take them for granted”. It’s so natural to be attracted and inclined towards the dark side and the bad things, as they come easy, and give us a false sense of satisfaction. And we vie for it even knowing that it is short-lived or temporary.

      Yes, too much exposure does make the issues normal for us, we aren’t as perturbed as we’re when it’s a rare or surprising issue. Terrorism and violence has met that fate, at least in some Arab, African and Asian states.

      You offer a wise solution – we need to control our mind, don’t let our feelings get desensitized, and not treat the bad things as normal.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughtful view that are indeed so valuable. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  15. Theodore Nwangene

    September 17, 2013 at 11:13 am

    A very exceptional post as always Harleena,

    I indeed agree with all you said here. To change the world, we must first of change ourselves, our mindsets and many more things as you mentioned above.

    We really have to start from those places. That’s why I so much love Michael Jackson’s songs , because he talks much about that.

    In his song: MAN IN THE MIRROR he said that, for you to make a difference and change the world, you should first of all take a look at yourself in the mirror and then, change yourself.

    I think all leaders and everyone should read this post.

    Thanks for sharing.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:12 pm

      Hi Theodore,

      I’m glad you agree with this post.

      I’d say changing our mind is so important – it takes care of your mindset, attitude, and your thoughts.

      Yes indeed, Michael’s songs were really meaningful and conveyed value. Someone else to referred to the “Man in the mirror” song and it so very much goes with the post. I think I should’ve put that video in the post, but I just didn’t remember the song while I was writing the post. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by and accrediting value to the post. I really appreciate it and wish you enjoy your Sunday! 🙂

  16. Evelyn Lim

    September 16, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Oh yes, I totally agree that change begins with ourselves. It is not about changing or blaming someone else. We have to change ourselves if we wish to experiences positive changes in our environment.

    Your SIMPLE acronym makes things easy to understand. It’s great that your post is receiving a wonderful response!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 2:05 pm

      Hi Evelyn,

      I’m glad you resonate with the post. And you’ve recapped is beautifully with your words.

      Thanks for stopping by and supporting the cause and the post. I appreciate it. Have a great Sunday! 🙂

  17. Sharla

    September 16, 2013 at 1:13 am

    Harleena,

    I happened upon your post in Solid Happiness on Facebook. America’s journey through the last five centuries, as well as others throughout the world, has been one filled with relentless hope, undying faith, and overwhelming courage. Compassion, heartache, and bitterness has torn (and continues to tear) at the hearts, minds, and souls of youth, young adults, men and women. There is no one unaffected and no exceptions based upon race, creed, religion, etc. Need and promises of change have been pushed down our throats but change is inevitable and necessary for growth toward betterment! With time comes change and change is always near, it is through dreams and desires that leads us all to persevere.

    While change is not always simple, your acronym is very appropriate. It is change within us as individuals that make changes possible ‘around the world for the better’. If more of us would indeed “be the change” ourselves that we wish to see in the world, then what alternative would be possible other than a better place to live?!.

    [BTW Definitely pinning, tweeting, scooping, and sharing your post!]

    • Harleena Singh

      September 22, 2013 at 12:07 am

      Hi Sharla,

      Welcome to my blog! Every word that you wrote is golden, so meaningful, and so relevant.

      Hope, faith, and courage are the trinity that everyone needs to possess, without which you cannot move forward. It is because of these qualities that we exist.

      We all go through difficult times, and we bring change, forced by the situations, consciously or subconsciously, so that we’re through such rough times. But isn’t it wise that when we foresee the dangers of suffering, we force to bring about a change – and yes, there’s no better way than to “be the change” yourself.

      In one of the earlier comments someone mentioned that “change is constant” – so true. The world is in constant flux and everything has been changing since it was created. But now is the time to create a better place to live, and we can do that by the simple change approach.

      You’re right – if more of us bring a positive change in ourselves, the sum effect of all such changes will show in the world in form of peace and happiness. And what a coincidence that today is the International Peace Day!

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your so wonderful, lovely and wise thoughts and adding value to the post. I really appreciate it and wish you have a great weekend. 🙂

  18. Adesanmi Adedotun

    September 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Hi Harleena,

    The only constant thing in the world is “CHANGING”, and at the same time I believed that everybody is the architect of his/her own fortune;your way depends on the way you want it to be. Our government can only effect changes in a minimal way, they have to treat everybody equally but our fate is in our hand. Human perspective about certain issue or event will determine what changes it will carries or what the next step is to be. We can make a change without being a subject to anybody be it our Government, parent, siblings, even friends but it all determines on our goal and how to achieve them.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 11:45 pm

      Hi Adesanmi,

      That’s spot on – change is constant!

      Definitely we make our own future. In fact, I believe its the choices we make that decide our future.

      You’re right – each person is capable and empowered, and you don’t really have to depend on any body or the government to do your thing and bring about a change in the world.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing such empowering thoughts. I really appreciate it. Have a great weekend too! 🙂

  19. Sherman Smith

    September 15, 2013 at 7:38 am

    Hey Harleena,

    All I have to say is preach it my sista 🙂 This reminds me of some of the things that Abraham Hicks would say when it comes to this topic. If everyone becomes the change that they want to see, then there will be a change in the world. So often we give full responsibility on the government and politicians to do this for us because we don’t believe that we have enough power to make that change, where in fact we do.

    I don’t believe in right or wrong anyone because each individual have their own beliefs of what’s right and wrong, and this can definitely lead to more problems. I do believe that we should focus on the results that we want though because it’s the common denominator we all can at least focus in order those results. Me and a friend of mine had a discussion on this topic and he brought that up to my attention, so this is a belief I will carry.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Hi Sherman,

      I take it that you like this post and I wish if people don’t just preach but act too, including myself! 🙂

      I’m sorry I had no idea who Abraham Hicks is, but when I researched, I was stuck by their awesomeness. No, I’m nothing in comparison, but I believe my thoughts have value, and anything that purports for betterment of the world and its people is good.

      Yes, we do have the power, and in fact, it’s the power of the people that makes the government. Even if the government stops acting responsible, we should always carry the torch, as we’re the change.

      You’re right that right or wrong are subjective and relative terms. But we all can feel and know absolute goodness and make our inferences and references from it. That’s right, we need to focus on the results, and let people have the freedom to choose their means – if the end is good, so will the means be, right? I think you carry the right belief.

      Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing such valuable and wise thoughts which immensely add value to this post. I wish you’ve a great weekend! 🙂

  20. Angela McCall

    September 15, 2013 at 3:04 am

    Wow Harleena…

    This is great. I never really thought of it this way. But you’re right. The first change has to be YOU. If you can change yourself, you can change the world.

    S – Change of Self-concept
    I – Change of Intentions
    M – Change of Mind
    P – Change of Personality
    L – Change of Lifestyle
    E – Change of Emotions

    …but you know sometimes a real mind boggler that intrigues me is, why some of the best looking people think they are so ugly when they are not. I mean what do they really see about themselves? If only they can see what I can see. But unfortunately, there are some people who’s mind are so twisted. And these are the people who get complimented a lot and have given privilege so much and yet some people are just downhearted about themselves.

    Acceptance is great. When you accept others, you are less stress about the environment. I can be that way. For instance, I can go to a gay restaurant and not be bothered by what I see. So long as they serve me good food and the food doesn’t have poisons, I believe I’m okay and will not care more what’s going on around me.

    I’m not so sure about changing Personality, tho. I read that the moment the baby reached the age of 7, his/her personality is pretty much established. If you say change your character and attitude towards other people and if that means changing your personality, then I guess it is changing your personality.

    …aaaaaahhhhhh, I’m all for changing your lifestyle. Although I think I have a pretty good health lifestyle, there are some things that I still need to change. I do want to cut drinking coffee and wine. I don’t drink wine every night, just occasionally. And as far as coffee, I would like to substitute something like herb tea. But this is the hardest one for me. I quit drinking at one time. Then I’m back at it again. And so what is this having a cup on your hand…smelling that coffee aroma is addicting. LOL

    Changing my emotions…I can do this pretty good. Whenever I find myself complaining, I tend to focus more on GRATITUDE. Thank God for everything He has done. Thank that there’s a roof on top of my head and that I eat 3x a day. In comparison in a 3rd world country, where I see hunger and famine, I believe I have a LOT to be thanked for. Thank the birds are chirping…the air that I breath…the sunshine that goes through. Changing emotions is pretty easy.

    Great post, Harleena. As always…kudos to you!!! Have a great weekend.

    Angela

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

      Hi Angela,

      I’m so glad you like the post and the thoughts. It’s important and possible to adopt a simple change approach to change the world.

      You’re what your mind is, isn’t it? The perspectives and viewpoints that you form can contradict reality. And, that’s where the danger lies. The twisted minds you talk about – such discord from reality and belief in the perception of a world that’s not true can lead a person to speak and act in ways in total contrast to his or her true self.

      Coming to personality, I believe it can always be changed, as its just a mask. You can always learn or unlearn things, and change the way you look, think, act or behave.

      Your ability of tolerance and acceptance is a part of your personality, and this is a positive quality that sure helps you anywhere you go. As you mention in your example, you shouldn’t be bothered about differences all around you – nature is made that way, there’s lot of diversity, yet everything is important, purposeful, and works together meaningfully.

      If we take a few steps in changing our lifestyle, I think not only we ourselves, but even the world would benefit by it because our actions impact the world. I know it’s hard to change habits, or drop your addictions, but I believe that if you’re persistent and do not give up even after a few failures, you can achieve your aim.

      That’s really a beautiful thought – whenever you’re upset, set your thoughts on gratitude. Indeed, we’re and should be grateful for everything in many ways. And, what a coincidence that today is the world gratitude day and the international peace day!

      So, here’s thanking you for stopping by and sharing your thoughtful views and wishing you peace and happiness in your life and that you’ve a great weekend! 🙂

  21. Hiten

    September 15, 2013 at 1:38 am

    Hi Harleena,

    This was a brilliant post, my friend.

    From my own experiences, I believe that we can create a difference in the world. However, in order to do this, as you explained in your post, we need to ensure that we are emotionally healthy. We need to like like and love ourselves, in order to then see a potentially better world, which we can begin to create.

    Thank you.

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 8:49 pm

      Hi Hiten,

      Thanks for the appreciation, it matters when it comes from you.

      I ditto your words, they’re so true. You can only think of contributing a change if you feel good about yourself and believe in yourself. The strength of belief and faith can even move mountains, isn’t it?

      Thanks so much for stopping by and pardon me for my late reply. Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experiences. Hope you’re having a great weekend! 🙂

  22. B k chowla

    September 14, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    All of put together can not change the world.However,all we need to do is to be as close to reality as is possible.We need to change ourselves and rest will follow

    • Harleena Singh

      September 21, 2013 at 8:39 pm

      Hi BK,

      You’re definitely right when you say that if we change ourselves, the rest will follow. And this is the need of the time, as however possible. But I humble disagree when you say that all of us put together cannot change the world. We can, and we should have the belief and faith. I know you do your bit, and that’s commendable.

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your views. Have a great weekend. 🙂




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6 Practical Ways to Change the World For the Better

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