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The Ultimate Guide To Not Being A Shitty Human

These illustrations make it pretty impossible to be shitty.

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4. Please, call your parents.

They love you and they made you, so they miss you. And don’t just answer their questions about how you’re doing. Ask them detailed questions about what’s going on in their lives.

6. Listen.

Don’t just wait for your turn to speak. And if someone needs a shoulder to cry on, give it to them, even if that sort of thing makes you uncomfy. Being stingy with your emotions isn’t cute.

8. Practice empathy.

Appreciate people of all races, religions, sexualities, and genders. Get to know someone who lives a life completely different from yours. And challenge your friends if they say shitty things about someone for any of the aforementioned reasons.

10. Go to that rally or protest — don’t just post about it.

Armchair activism doesn't affect change. It also won't change your life, and doing something in your community just might.

12. Share your time.

Big Brothers Big Sisters, a shelter, a clinic, a garden, a hotline... They all need volunteers to help make things better. And helping them out has a ripple effect.

No one actually wants to be shitty. Reminding yourself that what you do has an impact can make a huge difference. Check out More of This™ for more memes, stories, and reminders on how we can all live our best lives, even on those days when we feel like we just can't.

All illustrations by Lyla Ribot / © BuzzFeed

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