The power of one: 25 ways you can make a difference [VIDEO]

Each of us was born with a purpose. We are meant to make a difference in the world in our own unique way. Here are 25 ways you can make a difference.

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  • Do you believe that you can make a difference in the world? Many of us want to, but we think that it takes someone like Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa or Albert Einstein to really change the world. However, each of us has been born with a purpose. We are meant to make a difference in our own unique way.

  • How can you begin to make a difference in the world?

  • Start at home

  • Mother Teresa said, “Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.” The best place to begin to make a difference is within your own home.

    • Embrace each child's individuality. Time magazine says that flexibility may be more important than consistency for raising a well-adjusted child.

    • Read to your children.

    • Kiss your children goodnight.

    • Attend your kids' sporting events, concerts and recitals.

    • Have regular family dinners. WebMD says that family dinners protect your children from obesity, smoking, alcohol and drug abuse. They also provide an opportunity for your kids to talk to you, so you find out about problems sooner than you otherwise would. Eating dinner together as a family reduces stress and tension at home.

    • Enjoy one-on-one time with your children.

    • Create family traditions.

    • Support your spouse's dreams.

    • Spend quality time with your spouse.

    • Go on regular dates with your spouse.

    • Learn good communication skills. Teach them to your children.

  • Donate money

  • As Albert Lexie, the shoe shiner who donated his tips to a children's hospital, shows us, you don't need a million dollars to help others. You give what you can, when you can. It will add up. Here are some ways to find money to donate to charity.

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    • Save your coins in a jar, and then donate the money when the jar is full.

    • Hold a garage sale and donate the proceeds to a charity of your choice.

    • Have a bake sale or a lemonade stand.

    • Choose one luxury to skip this month. Donate the money you save.

    • Have a “cursing” jar. Every time someone in the family curses, have him pay a quarter to the jar. When the jar is full, give the money to charity. If your family doesn't have a problem with cursing, make it a “fighting with your siblings” or a “skipped your chores” jar.

    • Donate your tax return money.

    • Next time you get a raise, donate the additional amount to charity.

  • Donate time

  • There are many ways to give of your time. Volunteer Match lets you find opportunities in your area. You can search by keywords for your interests and talents or abilities.

    • Volunteer at a library.

    • Offer your services to a hospice.

    • Help at a local animal shelter.

    • Serve food at a homeless shelter.

    • Join the random acts of kindness revolution.

    • Visit the elderly in a rest home.

    • Clean up your neighborhood or local parks.

  • You can make a difference in the world, regardless of your talents or income. Share with us some of your stories of how you have helped others in need.

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Shelli Howells is a creative fiction writer, and a mother of six.

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