So, I have always been interested in the kinds of actions The Dresden Files series would term "ripples of kindness". One small act that isn't really that big on the surface, but you sprinkle them when and where you can throughout your life, and they then impact others in unexpected ways. Whether it is paying for an old man's meal, or leaving a waitress a large tip, or just telling someone who looks like they are having a shit day that you like their earrings or jacket or something, there are many ways to brighten someone's day or make a small difference. My favorites almost all involve Reddit, or trying to make sure that my money goes to the right places. For instance, carbon emissions have been reduced by the sheer number of people across the globe that have switched to LED bulbs. So I try and follow suit when I can. I try and buy Fair Trade coffee and chocolate, to make sure that the people who grow the things my family loves aren't shafted in the bargain (if it's not fair trade they get literally maybe a penny off of every cup of coffee sold, which isn't half fair). If I see something I like that someone is wearing, regardless of who or what it is, I complement it and them, because everyone likes to know that their fashion choices are kind of cool after all I try and make sure that if I look at any erotic images, or read erotic stories, or watch pornography, I support ethical companies and people who love what they do. On Reddit, I like to respond to r/suicidewatch from time to time, which is a place for suicidal people who aren't in immediate crisis (mostly people who have set a date) to post a cry for help and get a response. Those responses are very closely moderated. I haven't participated in Random Acts of Pizza yet, but it's a great /r for people who just need a bit of food to get them over a very cash strapped hump. In all, I cannot afford the time or the money to make a large sacrifice that would better all mankind. But I try and live each day in a way that every person I meet is better off for having met me- I don't believe in karmically neutral encounters. Does anyone else do this? Do you know anyone who does? What kinds of little things do you do to make a difference? Because rest assured, even if you don't notice the impact, it makes one. Even if only when combined with a thousand others doing the same thing.