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Cutting down one mighty Oak tree requires the same amount of energy as planting ten saplings.

Holding a grudge against a person that wrongs you requires the same amount of energy as buying a stranger lunch.

Counting every dollar you spend requires the same amount of energy as starting a small side-hustle — which will bring greater happiness and financial gain.

Flicking someone the bird after they cut you off requires the same amount of energy as smiling and waving at the individual stopped next to you at the red light.

Scrolling through Twitter and keeping up with Kanye and the Kardashians requires the same amount of energy as reading a good book.

We have the choice to decide where we want to place our energy. We can choose to place our energy in things that will make the world a better place (and ultimately make us much happier) or we can choose to place them in the same things we’ve been placing them in.

When people start spending their energy planting trees versus tearing them down, all of us tend to breathe a little better… and that to me is well-placed energy.

By Cole Schafer.

Cole is the copy chief at Honey Copy, where he helps startups make more money through emails and landing pages that read like poetry and sell like Ogilvy. When he isn’t slinging copy, he is right here on Medium sharing ideas about life, business, marketing and plums. Or riding alpacas…

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