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Elisa Goldstein, Ph.D.Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.
A blog about mindfulness, stress-reduction, psychotherapy and mental health.

Make a Difference

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. Updated: Sep 30th 2013

handsAbraham Joshua Heschel said, “Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” The fact is life does become routine, our brains are wired to make it so. One piece of this routine is falling into old patterns and just accepting the way things are. After all, there are a lot of fires to put out day to day. But we sometimes forget that if we don’t agree with the way things are, even just one person can make a difference, starting with a single act.

Watch this wonderful short animated video about making a difference in the food industry to get a feel for it:


It really can be this simple.

We follow things blindly like those people just taking their food from the conveyor belt without questioning what it is. But we can open our eyes and begin to make a difference like the scarecrow.

For example, if you think the food industry needs to shape up and provide more people with healthier cost effective foods, then it’s important to sign the petitions asking for this or allow your money to speak by buying healthier foods and not endorsing the companies that put out foods that may be compromised with hormones and other unhealthy ingredients.

Of course that can be seen a privileged statement because natural foods are more expensive. But even McDonald’s has been forced to offer up healthier alternatives, there is a way, if enough people clamor for it for natural foods to be cultivated and delivered in less expensive ways.

Another example might be getting clear on your values, maybe one being not gossiping about other people. Choosing to not do this may influence others to not do it as well.

Or maybe it’s about helping people in need and so you choose to donate or provide support to relief organizations. Today there are millions of Syrian refugees and organizations like www.unrefugees.org could use your support.

There are so many ways to make a difference and it starts with a single act and a single person. Not only will you inevitably be happier, but imagine the ripple effects with others.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from. 

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles and is author of the upcoming book The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations.

Check out Dr. Goldstein's acclaimed CD's on Mindful Solutions for Stress, Anxiety, and Depression, Mindful Solutions for Addiction and RelapsePrevention, and Mindful Solutions for Success and Stress Reduction at Work. -- "They are so relevant, I have marked them as one of my favorites on a handout I give to all new clients" ~ Psychiatrist.

If you're wanting to integrate more mindfulness into your daily life, sign up for his Mindful Living Twitter Feed. Dr. Goldstein is also available for private psychotherapy.

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