A Dozen Ways You Can Make the World More Beautiful!




by Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Cynthia Brian, Cindy Buck, Marion Owen, Pat Stone, and Carol Sturgulewski.



1. Donate flowers to your local hospital's maternity ward or other patient care area. Ask the staff to make sure the flowers are given to someone who hasn't received any, someone who needs a little boost--just like in our story, "A Gift of Grace."

2. Are you going to a wedding this weekend? If the bride is carrying ivy or another plant that can be rooted from a cutting, offer to create a "Wedding Gift" for her, as our story describes.

3. Plant a tree for your town! If one boy in Los Angeles can get "A Million Trees" planted, you can make your part of the world a bit more beautiful--and healthier, too--one tree at a time.

4. If you have pets at home, consider their welfare and the safety of other wildlife by planning a fenced run, as described in "The $100,000 Stray Cat."

  5. Join the thousands of gardeners around the country who help the poor and homeless. Jeff Lowenfels tells you how in "Plant a Row for the Hungry," a story describing this nationwide program.  

6. Many developmentally disabled people live in group homes in residential neighborhoods. Do they need help with a garden? Share your talents and your heart with them, as in "The Perfect Garden."

7. Sow a surprise! This fall, secretly tuck crocus bulbs into a loved one's lawn or garden spot, and they'll have a special surprise in the spring! Read about it in "A Hug from Heaven."

8. Here's another autumn idea: Take the kids dancing in a wildflower meadow, wooly socks and all. Then plant them, as in our story "The Sock Garden," and see what sprouts!


9. Are you having a hard time communicating with a friend, a co-worker, or even someone you love? Take a cue from "A Veteran's Garden" and rehearse by talking to your plants.

10. Searching for a special present for a gardener? "My Money Tree" has ideas for the perfect gardening gift--starting with a sapling decorated with dollar bills!

11. Get together with your neighbors to plant a corner of your neighborhood with something special that all can share--whether it's flowering bulbs, as in "The Tulip Tradition," or a community garden, as in "The Kids on the Point."

  12. Do you want to make the world a better place, or are you faced with a daunting project, but not sure where to start? Take a tip from our stories, "You Forgot Something" by Dr. Bernie Siegel or "One at a Time": Go bit by bit, but start today!  


Chicken Soup for the Gardener's Soul celebrates the beauty of the plant world, and how it makes a difference in the lives of gardeners and non-gardeners alike. We hope you'll find inspiration in these ideas, and in the stories from our book. If you have other suggestions on how gardeners can make the world a better place, contact us at Star-Style Productions.