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5 Amazing Ways to Contribute to Society Using the Internet

5 Amazing Ways to Contribute to Society Using the Internet

The best way to make the world around you a better place is to, well, do something about it. Participate in life, do things that influence those both close to and far away from you. The best way to enjoy life is to help other people enjoy it as well.

For a long time, if you wanted to do something like that you were mostly limited to your local community. However, the advent of the Internet has made helping other people easier than ever. Here are a few tips on how you can contribute to the well-being of society without actually leaving your house.

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1. Start a socially oriented business

People often fail to understand that doing good things and helping other people may not only make you feel better, but also be profitable. There are thousands of opportunities around us, open for those who can think outside the box, to make the lives of other people better while earning money. Some would say that a good deed is its own reward; but ask those helped by, for example, Ehsan Bayat at Afghan Wireless and see if they would rather go without any help than with the help by those who turned aiding them into a business?

2. Build a sustainable internet infrastructure

Internet is, without doubt, an awesome thing which has completely changed the way we live our lives. It, however, can be even better, and to achieve that you don’t have to make groundbreaking inventions. To make the lives of those surfing the web a little bit better you have to simply speed up your website. Again, not only does it help you by improving your search rankings and site optimization, but it also makes a small contribution to the well-being of the Internet in general. These things add up.

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3. Online platforms for discussing social problems

The Internet offers an easy way for contacting other people. It doesn’t matter where they live, if you share the same views, interests and ideals it will be possible to get in touch and pursue your common goals. The question is: how to find these kindred spirits?

Your best shot is to use a social network specifically aimed at addressing and solving the problems troubling modern society, for example Koios. This is, however, just one example. Online, you can find communities dedicated to any conceivable (and inconceivable) cause.

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4. Teach people

Do you have any skills you can impart on other people? Knowledge they may benefit from? Why not teach others what you can? Anything will do, from languages to programming, and with the help of World Wide Web you can easily do this via your site or blog.

5. Contribute money

Charity is an old thing, but the Internet managed to make it so easy to participate in. There is no longer a need to go somewhere, to sign checks, to contact actual charities. You can simply run a Google search for the charities of your choice and donate however much you want. If you don’t want to look for yourself, there are always charity aggregators, that will show you all the reputable charities neatly packed within one website with all the information you need to choose where to send your money.

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The Internet allows us to eliminate the boundaries between the developed and the developing countries, communicate with people regardless of their nationality or location, find acquaintances living in environments inconceivable to us. And anything that brings people together is a good thing, period.

So the next time you go surfing the Web, try and look for some new people, people you have no chance of meeting otherwise–and see if this alone can change your respective worlds.

Featured photo credit: Unplugged – no computer, no internet, possible?/photosteve101 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on January 18, 2019

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

7 Ways To Deal With Negative People

Some people will have a rain cloud hanging over them, no matter what the weather is outside. Their negative attitude is toxic to your own moods, and you probably feel like there is little you can do about it.

But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

If you want to effectively deal with negative people and be a champion of positivity, then your best route is to take definite action through some of the steps below.

1. Limit the time you spend with them.

First, let’s get this out of the way. You can be more positive than a cartoon sponge, but even your enthusiasm has a chance of being afflicted by the constant negativity of a friend.

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In fact, negativity has been proven to damage your health physically, making you vulnerable to high levels of stress and even cardiac disease. There’s no reason to get hurt because of someone else’s bad mood.

Though this may be a little tricky depending on your situation, working to spend slightly less time around negative people will keep your own spirits from slipping as well.

2. Speak up for yourself.

Don’t just absorb the comments that you are being bombarded with, especially if they are about you. It’s wise to be quick to listen and slow to speak, but being too quiet can give the person the impression that you are accepting what’s being said.

3. Don’t pretend that their behavior is “OK.”

This is an easy trap to fall into. Point out to the person that their constant negativity isn’t a good thing. We don’t want to do this because it’s far easier to let someone sit in their woes, and we’d rather just stay out of it.

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But if you want the best for this person, avoid giving the false impression that their negativity is normal.

4. Don’t make their problems your problems.

Though I consider empathy a gift, it can be a dangerous thing. When we hear the complaints of a friend or family member, we typically start to take on their burdens with them.

This is a bad habit to get into, especially if this is a person who is almost exclusively negative. These types of people are prone to embellishing and altering a story in order to gain sympathy.

Why else would they be sharing this with you?

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5. Change the subject.

When you suspect that a conversation is starting to take a turn for the negative, be a champion of positivity by changing the subject. Of course, you have to do this without ignoring what the other person said.

Acknowledge their comment, but move the conversation forward before the euphoric pleasure gained from complaining takes hold of either of you.

6. Talk about solutions, not problems.

Sometimes, changing the subject isn’t an option if you want to deal with negative people, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be positive.

I know that when someone begins dumping complaints on me, I have a hard time knowing exactly what to say. The key is to measure your responses as solution-based.

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You can do this by asking questions like, “Well, how could this be resolved?” or, “How do you think they feel about it?”

Use discernment to find an appropriate response that will help your friend manage their perspectives.

7. Leave them behind.

Sadly, there are times when we have to move on without these friends, especially if you have exhausted your best efforts toward building a positive relationship.

If this person is a family member, you can still have a functioning relationship with them, of course, but you may still have to limit the influence they have over your wellbeing.

That being said, what are some steps you’ve taken to deal with negative people? Let us know in the comments.

You may also want to read: How to Stop the Negative Spin of Thoughts, Emotions and Actions.

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