54 Ways To Make A Difference In Your Life

Make a Difference

“This is bullshit!” he screams.

I turn my head and wonder what he is talking about. I look to the left and then to the right. Nope. Nothing there.

I look up and then down. No. I can’t figure it out.

I yell over to him, “What’s bullshit?”

“This snow!” he yells back.


Last week my city had a ton of snow drop on it. When I say a ton, I mean a disgusting amount. The kind that would have normal cities shut down. Not my city, though. Much like most places in New York, my city doesn’t shut down for anything. Not even a disgusting amount of snow.

I can’t complain.

We are into December and up to this point, still had green grass showing. This may not sound like a big deal to you, but to my city, this is huge. I can’t ever remember seeing a year that we didn’t have snow into December.

In fact, every year, my wife (whose birthday lands at the end of November) wishes that just once, she could have a “green” birthday. This year, it got close. Up until the day before her birthday, we had no snow.

None whatsoever!

Then…as fate would have it, it snowed on the day of her birthday…and then melted the day after.

True story. I can’t make this up.

As the stranger and I were yelling back and forth (because walking closer to each other was out of the question), I nearly let it slip that I agreed with him even though in my mind I knew that it wasn’t bullshit.


Before it nearly slipped, I remembered an article I had recently read.

“Earthquake rocks Indonesia, killing hundred, leaving many without a home!”

After reading this article, I was “forced” to read another about the very same spot 12 years before.

“Tsunami rocks Indonesia. 230,000 killed and 500,000 injured by the waves.”

Do you ever find that articles are kind of like an old Lays Potato Chip commercial?

“Betcha can’t have just one?”


Suddenly my snowfall problem didn’t seem too bad.


Funny thing

The interesting thing about perspective is we all have one. What might seem to be a problem to you, may not necessarily be a problem to someone else.

Contrary, what might seem to be a problem to someone else, may not be a problem to you.

Look at the snow conundrum that my friend had. Perhaps, he was unaware that our snow problem killed…as far as I know, no one and an Earthquake on the other side of the world killed a few more than no one.

Yes, shoveling a few feet of snow 4 times over 1.5 days is brutal, but it isn’t death and homelessness brutal.



This past weekend something pretty magical happened. Aside from sitting down to watch my favorite Christmas Television Special, “A Garfield Christmas” a group of people I know (one of which is my aforementioned wife) came together in an effort to give to the homeless of our city.

200 bags (known as We Care Love Bags) of essential items were donated, gathered, and distributed to a handful of Winnipeg residents.

If you haven’t been to Winnipeg in the winter, you need to come. It’s beautiful. Everything is white, winter sports are in full swing, and people go the “extra” mile to help one another out. Just watch and see how many cars are pushed out of the snowbanks that they are stuck in.

I will warn you, it’s cold. Now, I’m not talking Antarctica cold or it’s so cold we live in igloo’s (even though that’s a common misconception) but it is a bit “frosty” here.

They beauty of what this group did was that it aimed to give people what they needed to survive the winter. The bags were packed with items to keep the people warm, give them water, and clothe them.

All about perspective

Look, I don’t want to preach to you about the merits of giving to those less fortunate. And I don’t think I need to tell you that it is your duty as a human being to do so.

Just remember that you probably have it pretty good compared to a lot of others.

The question is, “How can you make a difference and help out those in need?”

54 ways to make a difference

I’ve prepared a list of things that you can do to help out someone not named…well…your name.

This list isn’t just any list. No, it’s much more than that. 

This is a list of 54 ways to make a difference so you can:

  1. End 2016 better than it started
  2. Give back at a time of year when it’s needed most
  3. Immediately feel better for the good you will do
  4. Make a difference in someone else’s life
  5. Serve a higher purpose than your own

Here are just a few ways to make a difference that is included:

  1. Volunteer at soup kitchens/homeless shelters
  2. Teach English as a second language
  3. Tutor children
  4. Adopt a brick
  5. Visit a senior center
  6. Coach a youth sports team
  7. Spend time at an animal shelter

I want you to have it. Click the tablet to begin the download.

Ways To Give Back Guide

After you have looked through the list can you do a few things?

  1. Email me at info@joelascott.com with any suggestions to add to the list
  2. Pass the list along to another so that they may do a few of them
  3. Post what you have chosen to do on your social media outlets with the hashtag #2016giveback

Cheers to your success,


About Joel Scott 93 Articles
I am a family man first and foremost. Everything that I do is for my family. They keep me focused and moving forward. My world was turned upside down when I visited Africa for the first time. That trip left me with a newfound purpose in life: To cause and create profound change in every corner of our world.
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George Azide

Great ideas Joel. It’s nice to see a blog being used to help with social issues and charity.

Demetri Benton

Great list!. There are so many ways to make a difference in someones life. Thanks for sharing Joel!

Chondra Rankin

Joel, thanks for the great ideas! It’s NEVER a bad time to give back, in time and/or money. Great list!


Phenomenal post, totally love the unique outlook and the issues addressed!

Dr. Lisa Thompson

Great ideas Joel

We can use these every day, not just in 2016 to make a difference

Dr. Lisa


Excellent list! We all can do something for our community where we are living. Our contribution is important in every way.
Thank you for sharing this!

M. Can

As an idea, this list is looking just fine, but when it comes to the truths, we just keep going our daily lives like how it was before, but I hope one day this list becomes our daily lives.

Keith Everett

Great post Joel, we may not always like snow but to people living in the searing heat, it would be heaven. As you say, it’s all a matter of perspective. Thanks for sharing.


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