Help Others, Help Yourself

A few rules to live by.  If you have anything to add, please do in the comments section.

Perform one random act of kindness per day with no expectation of reward or payment.

Recycle whenever possible.  If there are no facilities where you are, take it home with you and put it in your own blue box.

Reuse.  Before throwing something out, or before recycling it, ask yourself if there is a way that you can use it again.

Use reusable shopping bags when grocery shopping.  Most grocery stores charge at least 5 cents per plastic bag.  Try to remember to take your bags with you when you shop.  If you forget, many stores have boxes available that you can pack your purchases in and reuse or recycle later.  If not and as a last resort you must buy plastic bags, be sure to re-use or recycle them after.

Looking for something to put a gift in?  Use re-usable grocery bags or cloth tote bags.  They are functional, and the recipient is sure to appreciate it and use them over and over.

Grow your own vegetables, fruits (a little tougher) and herbs.

Eat them. 🙂

Schedule a certain time period a day for yourself.  So often we get caught up in everything that needs to be done that we don’t stop and take a second for ourselves.  Whether it be an hour reading a book, twenty minutes soaking in the tub or 10 minutes to relax with a glass of wine, make sure you don’t cheat yourself out of that time.

Find reasons to laugh every day.  And share them with those around you.

Be thankful for what you have every day.  No matter how tough life gets, there is always a reason to be thankful.

Don’t buy bottled water.  Buy re-usable stainless steel or glass bottles and re-fill them with tap water from your home.

Use a re-usable coffee mug whenever possible.  Most coffee shops (Tim Hortons and Starbucks for sure) will take 10 cents off the price of your coffee when you do, and it will help reduce waste.

At the supermarket, try to buy foods with as little packaging as possible.  What packaging it does have should be recyclable.

Give someone a true blue, straight from the heart compliment each day.

Manners are still important.  Please and thank you really do go a long way.

Be there for a friend when they need you.  The time may come when you need a friend too.  Or it might not, but part of being a friend is supporting – no matter what.


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