We all must have heard the saying that charity begins at home, but what we usually forget is that it should not end there. This fast-moving busy lifestyle that we have built for ourselves keeps us so busy and occupied that we have forgotten the art of giving, the art of charity, the art of doing something good for the society we live in. It doesn’t take much time or efforts but a small act of kindness can leave an everlasting impression. There are many ways to improve your neighborhood, all you need to do is think and act towards achieving it.
We all never back down when it comes to blaming the authorities and government for the apathy of our local conditions. But have we ever stopped to think about the ways we can help and contribute to building a better neighborhood at least around us? There are many ways we all can contribute to building a better future for the next generation. It doesn’t always need to be an extravagant affair, even a small act performed locally can lead to greater impact. Start with small acts, even a small gesture of holding the door for someone can lead to a series of kindness. Above all, there is a sense of satisfaction you get which is one of the best feelings in the world. A sense of accomplishment, a sense of contentment which gives you immense peace of mind.
Let’s take a look at the list of 7 ways to improve your neighborhood:
1. Shop Local
Yes, we agree its easier to go to a supermarket and pick up vegetables, fruits, and other groceries. Now we also have the option of getting everything home-delivered at our fingertips. But, if you go out and buy vegetables and fruits from a local vendor, you are not only helping him support his family, but you are also bringing stability to the economy by making sure the money is re-circulating in your part of the town and this also increases the need for local jobs. so, do your part and next time you go shopping, try to support a local vendor.
2. Plant a tree
We all have been seeing what development has been doing to the flora of our cities. Hundreds of trees and plants are cleared in the name of development and the impact it is having on our environment is no secret. We all can play a small part in maintaining the equilibrium by planting trees around our area. Not only planting them but also taking care of it by putting some manure and regular watering. Imagine if every one of us takes the responsibility of planting at least 1 tree, how big an impact can we make.
3. Carry a small garbage bag with you
Whenever you are going out for a walk or traveling out of the city, always remember to carry a trash bag with you. This will not only be for your trash but you can actually pick errant trash and plastics thrown away by other people and dispose of them properly. We know the impact plastics and other non-degradable stuff are having on the environment and this small act of responsibility from your side can help everyone save the earth.
4. Volunteer at a local NGO
It’s a great feeling when you get to contribute towards any noble cause. Most of the cities have a lot of NGO’s who do some great social service. Be it planting a tree, or helping an orphanage, or spending time at an old age home, there are many opportunities all around us to do some good deed and contribute towards the society. You will need to find out an NGO who works for a cause that appeals to you and get yourself enrolled in their program and simply that’s how your ways to improve your neighborhood will get accomplished. Most of the NGO’s do their work on weekends and I’m sure we can find a little time out of our schedule to work towards the betterment of our society.
5. Beautify neighborhood park
Most of the areas in the cities have a local park or two in their vicinity. Usually, these parks are frequented by old age people and kids to play, relax, and spend some time with nature. These parks are most often not maintained properly and are in shambles. You can collaborate with your neighbors are work towards beautifying your park. Be it just cleaning the litter of leaves or errant trash thrown away, or just planting some saplings and caring for them, there is so much we can do. You can also donate some benches to people to sit or install a water dispenser unit which will be very helpful to many. These small looking gestures can bring immense joy to many others.
6. Use fabric bags for shopping
We all know how harmful polythene bags are for the environment. And most of the vendors and shops will pack your stuff in a polybag and give to you which later on goes into a dumpster to never degrade and pollute our natural resources. To avoid this situation, remember to always carry your re-usable fabric bags whenever you head out to buy your weekly grocery and vegetables. This small deed if done by hundreds of people can bring down the sale and usage of the dreaded polythene bags.
We can hear everyone talking about how this government is doing this wrong and that wrong, but when its time for electing a government, the voting turnout is very disappointing. The least painful of all the civic duties we have is voting. Educate yourself about the candidates running for the local, state, and national offices and cast your vote to the most deserving candidate who you think can do betterment of your neighborhood. It’s time we stop blaming the government for everything and make it a point to elect a government who can work towards the betterment of your area, state, and your country. The best way to improve your neighborhood is to cast your valuable vote to someone you feel can walk shoulder to shoulder with you.
There are many other ways in which you can contribute towards the betterment of your neighborhood and your country, here we have listed ways to improve your neighborhood. As Aesop had once stated, “No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” These small acts if performed by millions of people can transform the world. And by doing these good deeds, you never know who might get influenced by you and that just might be the start of a chain of events for the betterment of our world.
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Author: Satish Mohapatra