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Simple Tips For Inspiring Real Life Change in 2016

True heart health – not the kind that comes from diet and exercise – is a key and often overlooked piece of wellness. It’s the kind that comes from giving one hour, dollar, Saturday, or element of your schedule. That kind of health  can help change the trajectory of one life.

According to a study published in the International Journal of Psychophysiology, people who give social support to others tend to have lower blood pressure, recover from coronary-related events quickly, and have greater self-esteem, less depression and lower stress levels than those who don’t.

In our book, Make It Zero: The Movement to Safeguard Every Child, out January 5, 2016, we highlight inspiring stories of real life-change and show you how to get involved in meaningful ways. Here are some ways you can jump in to be the change and serve your community in 2016.

Feed one.

Did you know Americans spend $61 billion on pet food annually, as compared to the $50 billion our country spends to feed hungry people every year? To become involved with reducing hunger, it’s important that you learn all you can.

TIP: There are tons of resources online that can easily help you find ways to help.

  • Check out the Gift Catalog for Children’s Hunger Fund: Catalog.ChildrensHungerFund.org
  • Become informed about hunger. Toolkits are available on Feeding America’s website: FeedingAmerica.org
  • Volunteer at the local food bank.
  • The No Kid Hungry Campaign outlines eleven things you can do. Visit NoKidHungry.com for specific tips.

Build empathy.

Sometimes we aren’t even aware of the daily pain people may be experiencing one street over. Whether it means becoming a mentor through an existing organization, fostering a child or creating a community of support for a child or family, the act of caring will impress the recipient of his/her worth and has the potential to change the trajectory of that life.

TIP: Have you personally benefited from a mentor in a personal or work situation? Ask yourself what skills are most valuable to me? Can I teach someone else how to leverage his or her gifts to gain success?

Join forces.

The thought of changing the world for someone can be daunting. We have our commitments—family, work, practice and so much more. Don’t feel as if the weight of the whole world rests only on your shoulders. There’s so much power in the commitment of one. Your simple, single act combined with hundreds of other simple acts can create true change for a community, gaining momentum to create a movement to safeguard every child.

TIP: What’s the change you wish to see in the world? Find a local organization that aligns with your compassion and see what small options might be available for you. Hands On Atlanta is a perfect local resource to connect with organizations who need volunteers.

Once we become aware of problems, most of us want to create change, especially when it comes to children. Realizing that even if one child is at risk, all children and our communities are affected. If we band together and commit to embrace these basic tips, change will occur. You can help make it zero!

Learn more actionable items to start your year off on the right foot! Pick up a copy of Mary Frances Bowley and Jennifer Bradley Franklin’s book, Make it Zero: A Movement To Safeguard Every Child on Amazon. MakeItZero.net