The world can be a rough place. If you need proof, just open up your window and scream out into the sky like everyone else should be doing, all the time, all day long. Fortunately, not everyone is doing that, because there's amazing, hardworking people out on the frontlines every day doing everything they can to keep that screaming away from us. Big to small, every little but helps the world become just that much better.


Reddit user, u/JustAnotherPyroMain, wanted to hear how you do your part when they asked:

What's a little thing you do to make the world a better place?

Start With The Smallest Thing You Can: You're Time

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Recognize and thank a person for their help/efforts, no matter how small a task may seem

Sweaters_Everywhere

I found this really helpful as a bar manager at festivals! When you have crazy 14 hour shifts just telling people hey man, thanks for restocking the fridge, really goes a looooooong way 💜

alexxx1975

That's Called "Zoning Your Area." Where All My Retail People At??

When I remove an item from a grocery store shelf, I move the same item forward to replace it. Esp top shelf items

MYSILLYGOOSE

Short people like me appreciate you!!

catastrophized

Please And Thank-You

Use manners. Sounds inconsequential but after working hospitality/retail the amount of people that don't use them is terrible.

Modest_Gaslight

Use Less, Make Less

Take care of my things. We didn't have much while growing up and my mother always believed in quality. She would buy things she knew we would use a lot. I have the same pencil case from 6th grade, I'm in grad school now. I have linen bedsheets, water bottles, fountain pens, mugs, and even some clothes that I've used for over 10 years.

This helps me consume less, inturn creating less waste. I feel like we should strive to reduce, before reusing and recycling.

flappytabbycats

It blows my mind how some people go through so much crap because they see it as disposable or it's "out of fashion".

I've had the same backpack since 2007, the same duffel bag since 2004, and the same laundry hamper basket since 2000. I also use the hamper laundry basket to put my groceries in when I go to the store so I'm not using bags, either.

I'm also in grad school and I've got ten + year old binders and the same ruler I've had since middle school.

My dad hammered it into me that you take care of your stuff. It was annoying when I was younger but once I started paying for all my own stuff I was so glad he was like that

theknightmanager

Take Care Of The People Taking Care Of You

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I always make sure to be overly polite to people serving me, [whether] in a restaurant or a shop and I always tell them to have a good day when I leave. Having worked in retail I know a simple how are you, thank you or a have a nice day can mean a lot, especially on a bad shift. I was raised to have good manners and I'll be damned if I don't flex them at any opportunity I have. It always surprises/saddens me that other people can't be the same way.

Kylo_Jen

We Like To Feel Pretty, Too

Compliment people. I saw on here that men don't get many compliments so I try to do it in as un-flirty a way as possible so it doesn't get awkward - simple stuff like "Cool shirt".

ln546

I had a friend who did this, and was talking talking one time about him, like "He's such a nice person! I wish I was like that" and then realized that it was 100% possible for me to be. I now try to do it as often as possible—I'm not great at it yet, but people's reactions/smiles make it worth it!

Basically, people like you inspire people like me to become better people. It's a beautiful world, isn't it?

Elinthind

You Magnificent Hero

When someone gets cut off repeatedly in conversation I make an effort to make eye contact with them and say "Go ahead... I'm listening..." or something along those lines.

Groovyjackrackham

As someone who is constantly interrupted when speaking by her closest family members... I appreciate you. There's not many people who even consider this as an option. Not being listened to sucks.

Haegl_

It All Adds Up In The End

I pick up a few pieces of trash each time I walk my dog. It's a very tiny thing but I like to think it adds up!

ohnomybone

I often hike ski mountains and you wouldn't believe how many beer cans, sunglasses, nip bottles, junk etc that you find under chairlifts. It's all over the mountain but I usually hike under the chairlift to collect. Makes me feel good.

Nature is beautiful and precious and people are dicks to it

the_village_bicycle

Silver Magic Left Behind

I leave spare quarters in gumball machines. I like to think it makes somebody happy every once in a while.

MasculineMonkeyMan

Making magic happen for kid's everywhere!

riskeverything

You Walking Hero From Above

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I do my best to keep bread and toast crumbs out of the butter container.

paytonsglove

Truly the kindest of all of us

JustAnotherPyroMain

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They say one man's trash is another man's treasure - and sometimes that saying is pretty literal.

Lots of people build entire businesses picking up cool stuff on bulk-pickup trash day, and upcycling it into something even better that people are willing to pay for.

Sometimes, you might even end up with something pristine and usable right away.

Reddit user JampackedAlborn1976 asked:

What is the most valuable item that you have seen somebody throw away or have found in the garbage?

And for real ... some of these people scored BIG TIME. Like big time. Like really big.

Like Refrigerator Big

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"Our current refrigerator is a double-door one with exterior ice and water dispensers. We got it for free, with absolutely no problems whatsoever. It's just a few years old."

"How we got it? My dad (civil engineer) was doing some work on someone's apartment when they said they had bought a new modern French door refrigerator and that they were just going to discard their current refrigerator."

"My dad simply asked if he could have it.. and they said yes." - SauloJr

Immigrants In Action

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"I immigrated to the US from Brazil when I was 12. And every Saturday, my mom, stepdad, sister and I would go out at night to upper middle class neighborhoods the day before trash pickup to rummage through the garbage they were putting out."

"We found perfectly good TVs, VCRs, microwaves, couches, lazy boys, tables, books and comics, etc."

"I couldn't believe these Americans were throwing out like that. We furnished our entire house with that stuff. The entire Brazilian immigrant community in my town did it. We were flabbergasted." - PhillipLlerenas

With A Note

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"My wife yelled at me that someone put a big TV outside with a note on it. Walked across the street and it was a brand new Samsung 37 inch HDTV."

"They were actually renovating the apartment building and got an upgraded TV. Even had the remote taped to it with batteries, I guess I have really nice neighbors here in NYC." - MadLintElf

Life Hack!

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"If you want high end stuff out of the garbage for free, follow these steps:"

"Pick a city with a large university in it. If it's a school well known for its law programs, or medical, or engineering, all the better."

"Search for luxury apartment complexes that market themselves towards students. Look for things like included shuttle service, pools, fitness centers, etc. The more expensive and swanky the better."

"Figure out when finals week is at the end of Spring semester."

"Dumpster dive at those luxury apartment complexes during that week and the following weekend."

"Very wealthy international students will arrive in the US, fully outfit an apartment with nice furniture, big TVs, audio systems, gaming consoles, you name it, and when the semester ends they just junk it all because they aren't going to fly it back to wherever, and it's too much effort to spend the time selling when they do not care about the money."

"It's a smaller scale phenomenon a little like all the luxury cars abandoned at the airport in Dubai." - whattothewhonow

Literal Gold Treasure

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"I found a gold coin at goodwill for 5 bucks. It was in a case with someone's name and company name."

"It was their gift from the company for retiring. I assume the family threw it out when he died not knowing it was solid gold. It was in a in a thick solid plastic case that had to be cracked opened."

"It literally said 1 oz fine gold on it. I figured 5 bucks was worth the risk it not being real."

"It was a South African KRUGERRAND 1 oz coin. Everyone was just too busy to read it lol."

"Bought it and took it too a pawn shop and sold it for a couple grand." - streetmitch

The Best Day Of My Life

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"When I was a kid, I grew up right outside the Los Angeles area in the suburbs. My stepdad was a garbage truck driver for the city of Beverly Hills."

"I swear in the late 80s and early 90s we'd have so much basically brand new stuff (still in boxes) brought home on a regular basis."

"I'll never forget one day in particular. My stepdad came home and was like 'get ready, come to the car, I'll need your help.' So I go down there and in back seat of his car he had a few large black garbage bags."

"We haul them up to our apartment and he's like 'go ahead, open them.' Inside was what I could only describe as an 80s kids trove of treasures."

"One bag contained just about every Ghostbusters and GI joe toy you can imagine, they were played with but had every little accessory, there was a bunch the playsets and everything."

"In the other bag was pretty much every LEGO of the early 80s sets, still in their original boxes. I was a big LEGO nerd but was totally thrown off by the old school space ones because they looked nothing like the 90s space sets. I think they even said "NASA" the minifig's chests."

"That was like a random day in July, it felt like Christmas. I was 9 years old and it was basically like the best day of my life up to that point." - Zombgief

Who Throws Away Money?

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"A jar full of quarters."

"Annual spring cleaning projects happen in a lot of towns where anyone can put almost anything on the curb and it's taken away for free. It's to stop open dumping or stuff being dumped in ditches."

"Sometimes people deal with estates from winter by just dumping all their grandfather's stuff on the curb for the cleanup to get the house empty immediately. Most often they don't even bother to look at what they are throwing away."

"In 2012 on north road in Akwesasne I found an estate pile that I shuttled back and forth with my bike trailer getting lots of older tools like a scythe, hammers, saws, screwdrivers and wrenches, a 22 rifle with 100 round of ammo, a bunch of ar15 magazines, cast iron cookware, oil lamps, a hand crank food mill with all kinds of accessories, a black raven axe head (worth $100 easily since they are a collectable), and a quart size mason jar full of change mostly quarters."

"That was spring and the sheriffs office did a gun buyback in the fall where I took the mags and got $20 each for them (30 round mags suddenly illegal under the safe act of fall 2012. The buyback was a local political move). I still got the 22 and picked off a lot of woodchuck with it in my gardens." - Bogtrotterso1980

Filing Fever

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"I own a small company which is located directly in front of a state funded program facility. The state decided to have this office shred all of their files as they were going to switch to electronic data (exclusively)."

"We found two of these old rotary filing cabinets outside of their office. They're worth almost $3k each!"

"They just placed them there and we saw them and asked what they planned on doing with them. They said, 'Hmmm.....either donate them or trash them.' The state told them simply to get rid of them."

"We jumped at this and took the two into our already tiny office because there was no way in hell that we were going to let these gems go. (We do use paper files, unfortunately)."

"They wanted to give us two smaller ones but seriously, our office is very small. I made some phone calls and they were picked up immediately by other office workers/friends." - GlitzBlitz

This Sucks - In A Good Way!

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"In the 1990s my moms work had a really nice high end Hoover that stopped working. They threw it out."

"My mom took it home because my dad tinkers and repairs things easily. Turns out since it was a bagged vacuum all the dummies had to do is REPLACE THE BAG."

"Like it never occurred to them to do the most easy and basic step. My parents were excited to have a really upgraded vacuum. Maybe like $500ish." - schweddyboobs

Tiffany's Trash

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"My dad found an old stained glass window laying out by someone's trash. He thought it would look cool hanging in our cabin, so he stopped and grabbed it."

"It sat in our garage for a few years before he looked at it more closely and found "Tiffany and Co." branding on it. He got in touch with some stained glass window dude who figured it was worth about $40k fully restored, so my dad sold it to him for somewhere around $30k." - throwaway_stopdrink

Have you had any awesomely trashtastic treasures? Let us know!