Throughout the ages brave and courageous individuals have, fueled by passion and commitment, risen above insurmountable odds and redirected the course of history. William Wilberforce stood up against slavery and brought about its abolition, Martin Luther King’s dream united people to create change in a world where it was thought impossible and Mahatma Gandhi’s practice of non-violence and truth became legendary. These are but a few. Who will be next? Will it be you?
Many people feel powerless to create change but the simple fact is that you do not have to be famous, rich, gifted or a brilliant orator to have a profound impact. Every person on this earth has the power to change the world simply by changing their thoughts, actions and deeds. The power is in your hands.
Be a Kind Human
“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ― Henry James
Studies abound showing strong links between kindness toward animals and compassion toward our fellow human beings. The simple truth is, kindness begets kindness. Undertaking kind deeds and living a life enriched by kind choices has a domino effect in that it not only places others in a positive frame of mind, it also increases the likelihood of them including more kindness when they act, think and speak in the future. Sadly, though it is a human folly to sometimes feel down and that the world is all full of doom and gloom, that things are not going our way and that life is unfair. But the truth is while we stay in such a negative state, we set ourselves up for a downward spiral of despair. Kindness, it could be argued, is a bit like exercise; the more we practice it, the more natural it will become to us. While we are all human, kindness allows us to also be humane. Want to be a kind human? Here’s how;
Cruelty Free Cosmetics
Why? Countless innocent animals are subjected to cruel and painful procedures in the name of ‘testing’ many of our cosmetics. Not only do these practices cause animals to live in extreme discomfort and confinement, developed in the 1920’s, they have also been deemed out of date following the introduction of modern testing methods which do not involve the suffering of a living being. Furthermore, the impacts of certain chemicals have been shown to differ between species, meaning that animal testing is not a reliable indicator of how a substance will affect a human. Although it continues, this makes animal testing nothing more than a cruel and futile practice.
How? Begin your makeover of kindness here:
Cruelty Free Money
Why? Each and every one of us wishes to do all that we can ensure ourselves safe and secure future. This is the reason working Australians have access to a superannuation fund in which to save and accumulate sufficient income, which will see them through to a comfortable retirement. But did you know that by securing your own future, you could also be securing the future of cruel and unjust trades? Cruelty free money sees funds, such as superannuation, being invested only in companies that do not exploit animals, people or the planet; meaning that your comfortable retirement can also come with a clear conscience.
How? Here’s one ‘super’ way to get started:
Why? There are a number of key issues to consider when it comes to ensuring your clothing is as kind as possible. One of the easiest ways to choose kindness here is to steer clear of materials that originate from animal sources. With so many quality natural and synthetic materials available today, phasing out choices such as leather, wool, silk and of course, fur has never been easier. Another way to clothe yourself in kindness is to purchase organic materials, which are grown without the use of harmful pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers that pollute our water ways and are harmful to insects, birdlife and native animals. Avoiding sweatshop-produced clothing is another recommended kind choice as this means you are not supporting the unsafe and unhealthy working conditions, unsustainably low rates of pay and extremely long working hours of thousands of people, even children, across the globe.
How? Fill your wardrobe with kindness now:
Humane Charity Guide
Why? Giving goods, services or money to those in need is one of the kindest and most selfless acts one can undertake. But how do you know that your support is not inadvertently causing more harm than good? By ensuring you support only humane charities, you can ensure your kindness is just that; and that it is not assisting practices your cruelty free lifestyle would have you otherwise avoid.
How? Get more bang for your (donated) buck:
Cruelty Free Dining
Why? Dining out and socialising over a meal are some of the most popular ways in which we spend quality time with our friends and loved ones. With a little insight, cruelty need not be a factor in future gatherings, meaning that your social life can actually make a positive contribution to our world. Who would have thought you could have your cake and your kindness too?!
How? Find the perfect place to meet up without ‘meat’ing up:
Cruelty Free Life
Why? Changing the way we eat on a daily basis is the single most effective way in which we can reduce our impact upon the planet. With many kind and cruelty free crusaders all around the globe, this need not be a difficult task at all. In fact, many organisations which promote and support a cruelty free lifestyle also hold numerous social gatherings and events. Who knew being kind could be so much fun?!
How? Start ‘veg’ing out right now:
Be a Kind Traveller
Why? The places we visit and the stories we take with us have a tremendous impact upon our journey through life. Make your voyage toward a kinder future a joyful one by visiting businesses and organisations which teach you why your cruelty free choice is an important one and which inspire you to continue in your pursuit.
How? Make every step you take bring you closer to a better world:
Be a World Saver
We know it may seem overwhelming. You may well have heard yourself saying, ‘But I’m just one person in over 7 billion. I can’t save the world.’
Yes, you can. And it’s easier than you may think!
The actions of one person, one person just like yourself, have an enormous impact. Furthermore, when our actions are borne from a place of kindness, their impact upon our planet will be inherently good. The truth is, each and every one of us has the ability to make our world a kinder place for ‘farmed’ animals, to reduce our footprint on the earth and to leave a healthier environment for future generations. Most importantly, each and every one of us has the power to save lives.
Never underestimate the effect your choices can have. You CAN be a world saver.
- Just one person abstaining from eating beef saves at least 1.3 million litres of water in a year. This is well over the amount of water one would save by installing and using a water efficient showerhead for over fifty years.
- It takes around 30 hours for a hen to produce one egg. For hens existing in battery cages, this means 30 hours of confinement for each egg laid. With the average Australian eating 200 eggs per year and around 80% of eggs purchased coming from battery cage systems, just one person avoiding the consumption of eggs can save a battery hen from 200 days of confinement. And don’t forget that by avoiding eggs altogether you will save the lives of millions of roosters destroyed only days after birth.
- Calculations show that by not consuming meat, just one person can save the lives of more than 406 land and sea animals per year. That’s more than one animal every single day!
What impact are your current actions having upon our earth? Check out these links to find out:
National Farmers’ Federation – http://www.nff.org.au/
Water Corporation – http://www.watercorporation.com.au
City West Water – http://www.citywestwater.com.au/residents/showerhead_exchange.aspx
Australian Bureau of Statistics – http://www.abs.gov.au
Vegetarian Victoria, Eating Up the World – http://www.vegetarianvictoria.org.au/going-vegetarian/eating-up-the-world.html
Animals Australia – https://animalsaustralia.org/
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry – http://www.daff.gov.au/
Be a Thinker
Words are free, readily accessible, shape our world and are known to all. They are one of our most powerful tools to communicate thoughts, create change, inspire action, save lives and empower others. Here are some of our favorite quotes from some of history’s most famous and not so famous finest minds. We trust they will inspire you to think about the ways you will create positive change in the world.
“Be the change you want to see in the world.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
“No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.”
- Amelia Earhart
“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”
- Princess Diana
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
- Mark Twain
“You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”
- Ralph Waldo Emerson
“A tree is known by its fruit; a man by his deeds. A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.”
- Saint Basil
“No one has ever become poor by giving.”
- Anne Frank