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Go MAD Today and Make a Difference

By on Oct 10, 2010


How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world. – Anne Frank

You may not solve every problem or help everyone in need, but you do have permission to go MAD (Make A Difference) today. When you focus on making a positive impact, just one helpful act, then you can change the world – one day at a time.

Making a difference has no scale. It can be saying the encouraging words at just the right time or it can be agreeing to do a chore that will make someone’s day a little easier. Going MAD means making a difference by providing whatever resources you have to improve the lives you touch, everyday.

The point isn’t to judge the value of what you provide; the point is to provide your unique gifts and talents whenever possible. When you do, you will go MAD. Needs some ideas? Here’s a list of 50 ways you can make a difference today.

  1. Donate toys or books to children in need.
  2. Give blood.
  3. Look for what’s right in the world.
  4. Live responsibly.
  5. Adopt a pet from the Humane Society.
  6. Become a Big Sister or Big Brother.
  7. Clean up trash in your neighborhood.
  8. Organize a canned goods food drive.
  9. Deliver meals to the homebound.
  10. Read to a child.
  11. Teach a senior citizen how to use a computer or the internet.
  12. Smile.
  13. Care for a neighbor’s pet when needed.
  14. Encourage people to vote.
  15. Plant flowers in public areas
  16. Coach your child’s sports team.
  17. Offer your seat on the bus or train to someone who needs it more.
  18. Donate clothes to the Salvation Army.
  19. Buy a meal for a homeless person.
  20. Volunteer on a Hotline for an organization that is important to you.
  21. Become an organ donor.
  22. Listen to others.
  23. Don’t litter.
  24. Receive CPR training.
  25. Organize a recycling system for your home.
  26. Offer your loose change to someone who needs it.
  27. Share your knowledge.
  28. Participate in a 5K, 10K or marathon event for your favorite charity.
  29. Record books on a MP3 for the visually impaired.
  30. Tutor a student who needs some extra help.
  31. Contact a local volunteer organization for opportunities to serve.
  32. Call someone who would be encouraged by hearing your voice.
  33. Give your child your undivided attention.
  34. Become a health and wellness accountability partner.
  35. Donate money to your favorite charity, cause or church.
  36. Don’t start or spread gossip.
  37. Arrange a date night with your partner.
  38. Give an unexpected compliment.
  39. Forgive someone.
  40. Write a letter to someone who has made a positive impact on you.
  41. Donate an old computer to a school, church or other non-profit organization.
  42. Hold a door open for someone.
  43. Donate books to your local library.
  44. Don’t drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
  45. Pick up groceries or medicine for an elderly person.
  46. Be considerate.
  47. Volunteer at your local hospital.
  48. Babysit for a friend in need.
  49. Befriend a new neighbor or student.
  50. Let the world see the beautiful you.

How will you go MAD today?

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  • So true Jonathan, the simple things are often the most powerful things, too.

    And your smile is one of them too Clearly Composed. It’s great seeing you here, I hope to see you, and your smile, here again soon.

  • What a great list of all the wonderfully MADdening opportunities we have each day. Smiling is one of the ones I love the most. It’s amazing to see how a simple grin lights up the face of the one who sees it. 🙂

  • I think if any one of us read to child, the feeling of joy would be more than anyone could imagine. It would definitely make a difference in the hearts and minds of others.

    We begin to realize the simple things in life are what matters.