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What Positive Changes Would You Like to See in 2019?

The new year will be here shortly. People reflect upon their lives at this time and think about creating a better future. Rather than make this about our personal selves, let’s think of positive ways we can make a difference to our world, whether it be for our immediate community or the world.
What can you do to make a positive difference in 2019?
And to everyone: Happy New Year!

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Most of the time, when I reflect on my life, I'm thinking about how I can create positive change in the world. This is due to my personal worldview and belief that people, animals, and the environment are interconnected.

Over the years I have learned (and continue to learn) that a lot of the things I wish were different can't be changed overnight and can't be changed by me alone. I've had to practice focussing on the seemingly 'smaller' things that are in my control.

In the coming year, I hope to make wise use of the resources I have (such as time, knowledge, and social support) in order to improve the well-being and welfare of others. For example, I'm helping a friend in Pakistan set up an animal welfare organization in her city. In 2019, I would love to see this organization reach some of its first milestones: registering as an official organization, setting up an office, creating partnerships with community members, and spaying/neutering/vaccinating stray dogs.
@Laura , you are such a beautiful person. I also believe we are all connected and need to think more in these terms than about ourselves at times.
Small changes and effects become larger ones if others do them as well. Our actions have consequences. That dog you might have saved might save a person's life one day by becoming a close companion.

I hope people reflect upon what they can do to effect positive changes. When I first thought of this thread, I thought of how I could reduce my use of plastics. Our earth is being overrun by these which never break up and have been harming sea and land life. I recently read that now our recyclables are being rejected and no one knows what to do with them. So what could I do to use less plastic? Whenever I buy fruits and veggies I always put them in those disposable( ?) plastic bags so they stay clean. I could wash them well at home or bring an extra cloth bag for them. I won't ever use those bags again.

I enjoy seeing people smile and making them feel happy as a result of the music I share with others. I will organize and create more benefit concerts in this next year.

And here at Coursera, we have the opportunity to help others and gain understanding of our challenges, which will help make our world a better place.

I would like to hear from others. What will you do to help effect positive change in our world? It doesn't need to be something big, just a small act of kindness somewhere will be wonderful. Please share your thoughts with us. Thanks. Happy 2019!


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