Make the world a better place-August/September 2021
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Started by metmike - Aug. 1, 2021, 3:10 a.m.

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https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/68877/



Wear an N95 mask!!!

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/72775/#72921


Get vaccinated. This is the benefit of being vaccinated:

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/72940/#72945

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By metmike - Aug. 3, 2021, 1:20 a.m.
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Volunteer your time at local schools. Whether you have a school-age child or not, children are the future of this world!

By metmike - Aug. 7, 2021, 2:17 a.m.
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Love yourself.
This is the most important thing for anyone to learn, as before we can understand the true meaning of selfless love that is required to making the world a better place, we have to learn to love our self first. Anyone can say they love themselves or others, but the proof in the pudding comes from their actions. When people are rude, inconsiderate, abusive or intolerant of others, then they do not understand selfless love. Unfortunately, this comes from some past act that has happened to the bitter person that may be elusive, but just as everyone learns how to do something one way, they can also learn how to change. Change is good as it allows people to learn from their mistakes and make better choices for their future. Learn to control your vices and gain virtues in your life. Look inward to see your true self and learn what really makes you happy. I believe that the results will shock you if you are used to pleasing other people in hopes they will please you, or you think you have nothing to offer. We all have insecurities, but it is how we address these character traits and learn from them that makes the experiences we call life. We might think we are making the world a better place when in reality we are only looking out for number one. Once we realize the true meaning of personal happiness we can use this to learn to love our self, and in turn, by spreading true love we are one step closer to making the world a better place.

By metmike - Aug. 8, 2021, 12:16 a.m.
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Trying to help others used to be about writing checks at the end of the year, mailing them off and then hoping the money helped. Over the last 20 years, there has been a transformation, and there are now ways to use the internet to connect to those you help, plus a huge array of concrete evidence to show what organizations are effective in using your money — and which ones aren’t.

One basic rule: Spend money as intelligently as you make it. Too often, we give not to the causes that are most effective, but rather to those that are best at asking for it. So we get a phone call from some random organization we’ve never heard of, and the caller mentions “children with cancer” or “retired firefighters” or something else that sounds noble, and we promise a donation. We would never buy a television from some caller we know nothing about, and we shouldn’t donate to organizations that have great marketing but whose work we know nothing about.

Here are a few great resources to help you pick causes and organizations:

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  • Givewell.org is a website started by a group of hedge fund analysts, and it applies the same financial rigor to nonprofits, trying to assess how much good they will do with your money. I like Givewell partly because it recommends many of the same wonkish causes that I do, such as iodizing salt and fighting malaria.
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  • The Center for High Impact Philanthropy at the University of Pennsylvania likewise offers recommendations about where donations will have the greatest impact. It examines a variety of important areas such as the empowerment of women and girls, early education and global health.

Charity Navigator offers an encyclopedic listing of organizations, but too many users simply look at the percentage of income spent on administrative expenses. That number can be relevant if a nonprofit spends 90 percent of its money on salaries and office space, but in general what matters most is simply impact. If an organization is highly effective at saving lives and achieves this in part by spending more money on the back office, that’s fine.

By metmike - Aug. 13, 2021, 3:07 a.m.
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Spread happiness to others

Now that we know that a happy world is a better world, it must be clear why it’s important to spread happiness to others.

Studies have found that laughter is contagious and that the act of smiling can help make you feel happier. Our tendency to mimic the facial expressions and body language of those around us can have a powerful effect on our moods.

But spreading happiness is not only a great way to make the world a better place, it’s also surprisingly effective at making ourselves happier. By trying to lift the mood of others, we will indirectly lift our own happiness as well.

How can you put this to practice?

  • Smile to a stranger
  • Try to laugh when you’re around others (not in an awkward way!). Laughter is one of the best remedies for sadness.
  • Do something nice for somebody else, a random act of kindness
  • Make a compliment to somebody else and notice how it affects their happiness
By metmike - Aug. 15, 2021, 2:48 a.m.
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Talk Politics Productively

By metmike - Aug. 17, 2021, 2:46 a.m.
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Cherish your  family, friends and people that you know. Never let disagreements disrupt the relationship.

When upset..........don't say things that you regret or wish you could take back later.

Words can hurt.  Instead, use them to help and  heal and to move things in a positive direction..............always going forward NOT backward.

By metmike - Aug. 22, 2021, 1:05 a.m.
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By metmike - Aug. 26, 2021, 2:29 a.m.
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Try to think positive and spread your happiness

By metmike - Aug. 28, 2021, 10:49 p.m.
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Tell Someone That They Matter

People don’t always know their worth. Some people don’t recognize that they and what they do matter to others. If you tell them that they are worthwhile, they will feel better and be able to do better. They will look to you for strength at first, then to themselves.

By 7475 - Aug. 29, 2021, 10:12 a.m.
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In reference to the entry above "We Love Bad News" I'm going to state a very unscientific observation - just an opinion actually.

 Some use "bad news " as a reason and excuse for their under achievement.

Similar to the blame game.

This sounds simpleton but observe and notice the multiple faces this has.

 John

By metmike - Aug. 29, 2021, 12:27 p.m.
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Really excellent point John!

This is why people that lose events or fall behind in races/competitions manufacture bad news(fake news) to explain it and those that win/are ahead focus on REALITY good news to explain it. 


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                            Started by metmike - June 28, 2021, 9:38 p.m.        

    https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/71735/

By metmike - Aug. 30, 2021, 6:55 p.m.
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Take advantage of technology/science/medicine..............get vaccinated with the low risk COVID vaccine to help to greatly protect yourself from severe infection or death.

                Red states still getting killed(literally)            

                           Started by metmike - Aug. 30, 2021, 4:48 p.m.       

     https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/74423/

By metmike - Sept. 5, 2021, 1 a.m.
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Consume less natural resources!

It saves you money.  It reduces trash/landfills. It reduces real pollution.


The real environmental crisis's/insects dying-dead zones-aquifers drying up-plastics in the ocean-landfills/trash-over consumption of natural resources(metmike is a PRACTICING environmentalist): April 2019

https://www.marketforum.com/forum/topic/27498/

By metmike - Sept. 7, 2021, 2:03 a.m.
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Think positive.............talk positive.........be positive.....especially when bad stuff happens.

It becomes a habit after awhile and it feels much better than being negative.

By metmike - Sept. 7, 2021, 2:09 a.m.
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Sell all your possessions and give the money to the next homeless person you see begging on a street corner. 


...........just kidding. 

Do help out at a homeless shelter and don't judge the ones there with messed up lives. 

By metmike - Sept. 11, 2021, 2:10 a.m.
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 Living With Compassion!

https://healtheplanet.com/100-ways-to-heal-the-planet/cultivating-compassion/

https://healtheplanet.com/wp-content/uploads//2019/12/compassion-header..jpg?id=14423

Identifying with another person is an essential process for human beings.  Most turmoil in the world, whether it is political, cultural or religious, typically comes from a lack of deeper understanding of the others’ views, policies or way of life.  Did you know in all religions around the world compassion is listed as one of the greatest virtues?  By cultivating more compassion for others, we can connect on a deeper level and unite to create a better planet.    

By metmike - Sept. 15, 2021, 1:04 a.m.
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Reduce single use plastics!

What Are Single-Use Plastics?

https://healtheplanet.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/single-use-plastic.jpg?id=12582

Facts About Single-Use Plastics:

  • 1 million plastic bottles are sold every minute worldwide.
  • Consuming drinking bottle water has approximately 1,400 times more impact on ecosystems and 3,500 times more cost in terms of resources.
  • Pollution from single-use plastics accounts for over 50% of the plastics found in landfills.
  • 40% of all of the plastic we produce is for food and beverage packaging – typically used once and then discarded.
  • Nearly 2 million single-use plastic bags are distributed worldwide every minute; out of those less than 1% are recycled.
  • 500 million plastic straws are used every day in America.
  • Americans purchase almost 50 billion water bottles per year.
  • About 8% of the world’s oil production is used to make plastic products, and to power the manufacturing of those items. That figure is projected to rise to 20% by 2050.
  • 18 billion pounds of plastic waste flow into our oceans from coastal regions every year.


By metmike - Sept. 21, 2021, 2:53 a.m.
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 Are you aware that agricultural runoff is the leading cause of impaired water quality?  Or that nutrient pollution, caused by agricultural runoff is one of America’s most costly and challenging environmental problems?  Nutrient pollution has impacted streams, rivers, lakes, and coastal waters for several decades, and has impacted the environment and human health.  

  https://healtheplanet.com/100-ways-to-heal-the-planet/agricultural-runoff/

The Real Nutrient Problem:

The US has one of the most efficient industrial ag programs in the world.  Farmers all over the country are growing massive amounts of crops for human and animal consumption, therefore, adding fertilizer is imperative.   Most fertilizers are full of nitrogen and phosphorous, which are essential for plant health. Unfortunately, when farmers fertilize their fields, usually in the fall, the wet winter months cause the fertilizer to runoff into rivers, lakes and streams.  Too much nitrogen and phosphorus in the water causes algae to grow faster than ecosystems can handle. Significant increases in algae harm water quality, food resources and habitats. Take a look at these facts on agriculture runoff.

 

Ag Facts:

 

  • Agricultural runoff remains the main source of pollution of drinking water reservoirs in the US.
  • According to the US National Ocean Service, 80% of pollution of the marine environment comes from nonpoint source pollution from agricultural runoff.
  • Stanford University scientists have provided compelling evidence that agricultural pollution carried into the ocean with runoff waters causes sudden explosions of marine algae capable of disrupting ocean ecosystems and causing dead zones.
  • Lake Erie’s 2014 algae bloom left more than 400,000 residents of Toledo, Ohio without drinking water for three days.
  • In the US alone, billions so far have been spent to encourage farmers to voluntarily adopt practices to improve water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and the Gulf of Mexico, but neither region has seen significant change.