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How to Make Big Changes in Your Life and World in Just One Day

Many big changes start from the comfort of home. The 365give founder, Jacqueline Way, started this movement by thinking of ways she could improve the lives of her children. And that one small idea later became much bigger and has grown into the 365give charity that exists today.

But… how can I make a difference if I only have one day?”

For many of us, this is where the anxiety can set in. It feels impossible to make an impact when modern life gets so busy. This is why my very first suggestion begs you all to slow down.

Have you taken some deep breaths?

Good. Now, if you’re still feeling nervous, here are some simple steps to follow:

  1. Broaden your horizons
  2. Do your research
  3. Narrow it down
  4. Take action

1. Broaden Your Horizons through Reflection

Making big changes in your life and the world in just one day is an overwhelming prospect. So, before we begin, consider which current issues are the most important for you. Knowing your priorities will help with any big decision and make it a lot less stressful for one person to manage.

The climate crisis is an issue that affects everybody, and issues like poverty, access to education, and healthcare are worsening in many places. If you’re affected by systemic inequality, I’m willing to bet that has also crossed your mind.

2. Do your research

If you’re still unsure, take some time to research issues that are relevant to your area. Making global change is admirable, but if it starts locally, it’s much easier to see the impact one person can have. Even if your efforts are small and community-based, you can still take pride that your sliver of the world has been made brighter.

The climate crisis, for example, is a relevant issue for everybody. However, every place is being affected differently. Areas affected by wildfires or smoke would benefit from someone with a supply of face masks, and places affected by flooding would benefit from having someone on higher ground offering refuge or supplies. There are many small steps you can take that lead to big changes.

3. Narrow it down

For many of us, dedicating our lives to big issues would risk our financial stability, hobbies, relationships, and leisure time. If the issue you hold dear is something like “climate change” or “poverty” I would encourage you to slow down again.

What about climate change or poverty, affects your area the most? It’s easy to say something like “carbon emissions”, but how are they affecting your daily life or wildlife in your area of the world?

If climate change is your issue, perhaps your area is affected by wildfires, smoke pollution, or flooding. If your issue is poverty, maybe the cost of living or the minimum wage is something to focus on.

4. Take action

Now is your opportunity to use what you’ve learned. You’ve sorted out your priorities, gotten educated, and narrowed it down as much as possible. By now, hopefully, it doesn’t seem so scary to do good, and you can rest easy knowing that even if much more work needs to be done, at least you’re out here doing something.

The world of today is an extremely busy one. We’re occupied with jobs, schooling, relationships, necessary rest, and plain old survival. It’s natural for making global change to feel daunting, and our other commitments are just as important.

Make big changes in one day

How does all this happen in ONE day?

Well, it is tricky, but one day is all you need to get started. And whatever you do today, or tomorrow, or the next day, will make a difference. Anything you do can start today and continue tomorrow.

You may know what you want to do, but how to do it?

The most important thing is to use the tools you have at your disposal. This can include social media, and this is all that many of us have the energy for. But you can also use things like your city councilor’s phone number, pocket money, and the people around you. Chances are, if an issue in your area concerns you, it concerns others too, and standing with others is much less daunting than standing alone.

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What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)