The world is not a peaceful place
Between non-stop news coverage of wars around the world to petty fights on your Facebook feed about the best dog food, peace can feel in short supply these days. Yet it feels more important than ever. In a 2019 survey of peace perceptions, researchers found that the majority of respondents were desperate to find a long-term solution to the increasing violence in the world, including conflict prevention or ‘peace-building.’ But if that feels overwhelming, you’re not alone. So here are 20 ways – big and small – you can increase peace, starting right now.
Smile at strangers
When you make brief eye contact with a stranger on the bus, in the store, or at the gym, your instinct may be to automatically look away. Instead, try giving them a warm smile. It’s a bigger act than you think – it isn’t just a smile, it’s recognising and appreciating someone else’s humanity and sometimes feeling seen is all it takes to make someone’s day.
Buy a stranger a goat at a Giving Machine
Similar to vending machines, except instead of candy bars you can purchase anything from a metro card for a person in your city to a piglet for a needy family in another country at a Giving Machine. It doesn’t take any more time than a regular vending machine but the good feelings and peace you buy will last way longer than any sugar rush.