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By Ellie, Gen Z How Acts of Kindness Can Change the World

Ellie Froud is a globetrotting teen who has lived in the U.K., Australia and Singapore. She has a strong interest in media and business, and will soon be off to university in Melbourne to study social media.

Ellie has grown up with social media and sees it as hugely positive influence in her life. She is an expert on social media platforms, and brings a strong, global perspective on the role of influencers and online communities and brands.

Despite her affinity for life online, Ellie keeps herself grounded in face-to-face exchanges. She recently shared her thoughts on how simple acts of kindness can change the world…

Ever heard the saying, “If you want to change the world, you first have to change yourself?” I believe it’s true.

When I think about how I’d like the world to change, the stereotypical goals of combating global warming, promoting equality, and eliminating poverty aren’t at the top of my list. I take a more immediate approach. I want to see changes now, and more importantly, I want to see changes unfold as a direct result of my actions.

Today’s youth – and adults – are so consumed by what is happening on our phones. We’re so worried that we are going to miss what everybody else is doing that we rarely look up and absorb what we are doing in the present. Technology has delivered amazing advancements. But it has stolen common courtesy and ‘old-fashioned’ friendliness.

I would like to rewind to how the public used to interact with each other – before life existed on our phones and absorbed our every moment. Don’t get me wrong, technology is an absolute dream. I simply feel that the world needs to balance how technology is used within society. And I don’t think it’s that hard.

Start by asking yourself a few questions:

  • When was the last time someone thanked you for holding a door open?
  • When was the last time you had a friendly conversation with a stranger in public?
  • When was the last time you walked down the street and somebody said, “good morning” to you?

The world is constructed of leaders and followers. And in order to experience the changes you want to achieve in the world, you have to be a leader. You have to be the change you wish to see in the world.

Personally, I believe in good (and bad) karma. Putting positive energy out into the world and sharing something as simple as a smile have a domino effect in spreading kindness throughout a community. The world can be a petty and cruel place for many people, but these issues can be cured through kindness. Give a compliment or do a good deed – simple acts like these can make someone’s day and make the world a happier place.

One day, I want the world to live as one, not as many. One day, I want everybody to have equal opportunities, because everybody is equal. One day, I want the world to adapt its ways to better fit the evolution of its society.

One day, the world will do these things. But for now, we can make personal changes to create happier communities. These changes are simple enough to be made by anyone anywhere. They are not restricted by language, gender or age. They are small, yet effective.

I challenge you to be the change. Radiate positivity, share a smile, promote a happier lifestyle. Changes within your community will follow.