Recently I was selected to join a group called The Sunshine Club. It is a space dedicated to positivity, self-love and equality, despite what challenges the universe may throw us. As silly as it may seem, I love taking the time to look for the good in things (or, as Pollyanna calls it, The Glad Game), for taking selfies and appreciating my friends and my beauty, and just for sharing a bit more love in the world.
This group was initiated by the lovely Prim, a teenager from the Philippines with a dazzling smile and a penchant for dogs and other soft, cute things. Although the group is only just starting, everyone’s positivity and love for each other and the world is so present and overwhelmingly inspiring.
I feel like we can move mountains.
Today, April 22, is Earth Day. It marks the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970, and is a time for appreciating the beauty of our Earth and how it supports us, but also, more importantly, how we have been destroying the planet and need to do all that we can to reverse this damage.
The Earth is 4.6 billion years old. Scaling to 46 years, humans have been here 4 hours, the industrial revolution began 1 minute ago, and in that time we’ve destroyed more than half the world’s forests.
Ways to help the Earth
- Eat less (or, preferably, no) animal products – approximately 4800 gallons of water are needed to produce 1kg of meat. Similarly, 1 gallon of milk uses 144 gallons of water. The animal agriculture industry causes deforestation (much of the Amazon is gone as a result), pollution, and emits a greater amount of greenhouse gases than our transport systems.
- Recycle and compost.
- Drive less – If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you’ll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year.
- Turn off lights when you’re not in the room and unplug appliances when you’re not using them.
Last night, one of my favourite bloggers made this post on instagram, asking for everyone to share compliments with each other. It didn’t take long or very much effort – just look at another person’s profile and say all the nice things we usually tend to internalise. We ended up spending about half an hour getting to know each other, spreading love and feeling so very happy. (Or at least I did.) It cemented my appreciation of how powerful positivity and kindness are, and how easily it can impact so many people.
So I’ve got a challenge for all of you who read this. I want you to share a compliment in the comment section, be it for a family member, friend, or someone you saw on the street today. Then, if possible, I want you to share it with that person.
My compliment is for my sister ~ You are so strong and wise, especially when considering how young you are. You are hardworking, joyful, and make so many people happy with your presence. You are so loving and caring, and are an absolute delight to be with. I love being able to grow along beside you.