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Make a Difference: Change the World, Change Yourself

CAN WE MAKE A DIFFERENCE?

According to Jane Goodall, we cannot get through one day without making a difference. The question is, what kind of a difference do we want to make?

We now have scientific proof that, the more we care about the happiness and wellbeing of our fellow humans, the happier we get. One pleasant side effect of making that kind of a difference is that, by changing the world around us, we change ourselves. And vice-versa. It is a "virtuous cycle." So let's get down to business and talk about three ways we can make a difference.

SPREAD A LITTLE HAPPINESS

One of the most enjoyable ways of making a meaningful difference is to learn more about the new science of happiness (the focus of this website) and sharing insights with your loved ones. You will discover, or perhaps you have discovered, that depression and unhappiness are not only generated by the "wrong" DNA. Many people are digging their own "unhappiness hole" out of pure ignorance. They have no idea how much of an impact their actions, or life skills, have on their mood.

 

The best way of teaching those around you about happiness is, of course, by example, and you can find many ways to experience greater happiness (AKA psychological well-being) by reading up on the latest discoveries.  If you have caught the teaching bug and want to make a bigger difference you can sign up for our course. 

VOLUNTEERING

One of the quickest and most effective ways to make a difference is to volunteer.  These are some of the most well known websites that provide opportunities to volunteer:

https://www.volunteermatch.org

https://www.idealist.org

https://www.habitat.org

http://www.pointsoflight.org/handsonnetwork

VOLUNTEER WITH POH

If you are interested in one of the following volunteer positions please submit a brief letter of intent and your resume to info@pursuit-of-happiness.org. Successful candidates should hear back from us within two weeks.

Technical Webmaster (unpaid internship available). Candidates must have a solid grasp of WordPress, coding including; CSS, HTML, Google optimization, and website security.

Content Management Expert (Summer internship). Candidates must have excellent writing and editorial skills, preferably in the field of social science. Should have ability to create and edit WordPress pages including text and images. An eye for design is a desirable qualification.

Psychologist . Must have PhD, a publication record, an interest in psychological well-being, and especially the ability to write reviews based on critical analysis of multiple scientific studies.

Middle/High School educator or administrator. Must have experience in curriculum design and a solid teaching record.

ACTS OF KINDNESS

If you are too busy to volunteer, or you are looking for easier ways to make a difference, small acts of kindness can go a long way..and they are infectious! Acts of kindness not only bring happiness to those you assist, science shows that they can provide a big lift to your mood as well.  This website is a treasure:

https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/

Finally, if you would like to make a difference with a few taps on your keyboard, please support our cause. We teach about depression prevention (a leading cause of opioid abuse) in schools.