Everyone reading this: We should all make a list of things we all should promise to do to decrease world suck. Anyone interested in helping making the *MASTER LIST OF WAYS TO MAKE THE WORLD SUCK LESS" because we can all literally make the world suck less, and together, we can make it suck less a lot. Just post things to add to the list, then we will put it all together, and it will me amazing. Be specific if you want. Even if it sound weird. I wont judge you. :D
Educate people in your school, home, etc about current problems in the world. Like you know if there is a drought or a food shortage in a certain part of the world at a time and there is something you can easily do to help, then alert people.
Do nice things for others, even if it is small like opening the door for someone or picking up something that they dropped. You would be suprised how much that can change someone's day. And who knows, others might see your good deeds and do some good deeds of their own!
Also for you younger nerdfighters, address older gentlemen as Sir. Like: "Thank you, Sir". They just love that!
Being more tolerant of other's differences. Genuinely trying to be a good person. Helping out wherever you see the need for it. Even if it is just little things: ie helping the elderly woman grab a gallon of milk, babysitting for free because you KNOW they can't really afford to pay you, volunteering at foundation dinners. The little things can make the BIGGEST differences. And I mean, what does it honestly cost you?
Compliment people. Tell that women on the subway that you like her dress, you'll be happy, she'll be happy, everyone around you will feel the happiness, it'll be like a little happy-explosion. That would definitely decrease world suck.
Volunteer. Especially for the high school students, go above and beyond the required hours!
(If some of you don't know what I'm taking about, many high school students are required to do a certain amount of community service hours to graduate. In my case it's 40 hours but I'm aiming for 75)
Find things that interest you, not just the easiest thing. See if that fringe festival you love going to is looking for helpers. Or if your sports organization needs coaches. Look for things similar to what you're considering going into professionally.
Well, for those familiar with the Five Awesome Girls, I loved their idea of saying why each day was awesome. So I've taken to saying that. You can't always make the entire world and the people around you happy, but a great start to go on your way in doing that is having a positive outlook yourself. So just reminding yourself that no matter what, your day was awesome--whether it be because you nearly had a heart attack while watching the latest episode of Falling Skies or you won the lottery--can go a long way to wanting to decrease and actually decreasing world suck.
Honestly have to say that just smiling and giving compliments really decreases world suck and definitely improves someones day. I told an old lady the other day I loved her pants and her face just lit up like it was the best compliment in the world, and I felt great all day. It's the little things my friends.
listen to people. Even if you didn't ask for a story about their kids or their life. Take the few minutes to just listen to their stories. There is so much you can learn from other people and their experiences.
Have an open-minded sense of humour. Don't buy bottled water. Recycle properly. Don't feed the trolls. Always stick by your friends. Be nice or at the very least civil to those who are not so nice to you. Don't pay attention to media hype. Walk more, bike more and use more public transport.
Find something you're passionate about and do something with that. For example, I started a blog to raise awareness and decrease stigmatization of depression (h0ld0npain3nds.tumblr.com) and I also love music, so I work on examiner.com, reviewing albums and interviewing bands in my area!
Volunteer or tutor (which has probably been said already). Don't put people down with back-handed compliments or any other form of bullying. Personally, I'm going to be doing BookCrossing, which is putting books that you don't read out into the world in strange places for others to read and pass on. http://www.bookcrossing.com/
i LOVE the bookcrossing idea... thank you for introducing it to us! :) I'm gonna go hunting for books tomorrow.
Also, support independent bookstores and libraries. Support fair trade stores. Use BPA-free water bottles. Avoid using products that have been tested on animals.