Gold rush of thoughts: Amazon Smile, writing, and more

Credit: Kaboompics

Credit: Kaboompics

I often have random, little thoughts that aren't quite extensive enough to warrant individual blog posts but that I would still like to share. Because of that, I decided to compile all of them into one "thought-dump" post, which should be nice and light for you to read. 

 

Amazon Smile

Given that Amazon is an absolute global juggernaut in the e-commerce space, I'm pretty sure that the majority of people reading this regularly use it for their online shopping. Who cares, you ask? Well, given that we all so desperately want to make a positive impact on (and simply save) the world, it's absolutely crucial that we start with the low-hanging fruit. In this case, that low-hanging fruit is Amazon Smile.

The idea is painfully simple and although most of you probably already know about it, it doesn't hurt to put out a reminder. All you do is go to smile.amazon.com, login to your usual Amazon account, and shop per-usual on the website with the exact same prices. What happens is that a portion (0.5%) of your eligible purchases will go to a charity of your choice and... that's it.

Once again, this is so easy that it would be embarrassing if every single person weren't doing it. Sure, on the surface it looks like a minuscule amount until you look a little deeper. Namely, Amazon has approximately 244 million active users, so what happens when every single one of those uses Amazon Smile and sees a percentage of his/her purchases donated to charity? A heck lot of money goes to charity, and that can only be a good thing.

So go ahead and bookmark the link and remember to always visit it first before you shop on Amazon. Every little bit helps when you're trying to save the world

 

Writing mini-tip: Grammar!

I feel like every few posts that I write, I end up sharing some kind of pet-peeve of mine that irks me in my daily life. Today, that happens to be a specific grammatical trap that a worrying amount of people (myself included sometimes) fall victim to. Let's look at some examples:

Those guys have such a great life. (Those guys have such great lives)
The guests should take their seat. (The guests should take their seats)
A lot of people have struggles in their life. (A lot of people have struggles in their lives)
You've met someone, you've asked them out, and now you're excited. (You've met someone, you've asked him/her out, and now you're excited)

And there are many more examples to cite. It's such a small, innocent mistake that it doesn't surprise me that it slips under people's radars(!) so frequently. Hence, your homework is to pay attention to times that you fall for this trap and correct yourself when it happens.

 

Common Goal

The last tidbit of the day is a story that will hopefully remind you that, despite all the doom and gloom in the news these days, all is not lost just yet. 

Juan Mata, midfielder for Manchester United FC, launched an initiative called Common Goal in August. The purpose is to get football players and managers to donate 1% of their annual wages to Streetfootballworld, a charity that uses the power of football to foster social and economic development. In only a few months, this voluntary program has already managed to enroll over 20 players and managers, including US women stars Megan Rapinoe and Alex Morgan. If it continues the fantastic progress it has shown so far, then I think it has the potential to set a truly fantastic foundation of philanthropy in the most popular sport on the globe. 

What can you do to help? Follow Common Goal everywhere on social media and share, share, share so that we can spread the word of this great program!

Travel & Social Good

To continue on this trend of social impact, here's something for all the travelers out there. I just heard about a great organization called Visit.org, which is a travel-experiences website that partners with local nonprofits to create activities for tourists. The interesting part of it? The money you spend on these activities is invested in the local community for social development projects. For example, you can take cooking classes from local refugees and the money you spend is invested in women empowerment projects. Or you can learn about the culture of a city and that money will be spent on cultural preservation in the local community.

So if you're planning on traveling anytime soon, give Visit.org a try!

That's all folks. A bit of a different type of post today, but I'll be back again soon with regular content. Stay tuned and don't forget to follow me on social media!

See you, Space Cowboy.