"The best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something.Don't wait for good things to happen to you.If you go out and make some good things happen,you will fill the world with hope,you will fill yourself with hope"Barack Obama.
There are many things you can do Justinm that are not too difficult.You can do some volunteer work,become a mentor to someone,be there for a friend when in need,use your talent to help others.Even something as simple as sending an email of love and inspiration to a friend,just because..will make a world of difference.These things will not only help others but will also help you.
Volunteer at a homeless shelter, or better yet, drive around where you know certain homeless men & women hangout and give a bottled water & sandwich; that may be the only meal they get all day. That's what I usually do. It's very rewarding, seeing the smile on their faces.
Smile at a a stranger. Wave at a neighbor. Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line. Greet workers at the store. Remember birthdays and just say, "Happy Birthday!" Do an extra chore just because you want to help your parents. Walk away from an argument. Volunteer to read to people in the nursing home. Participate in walks/runs for charities. Help at an animal shelter. Serve food at a homeless shelter.
Basically, remember the little things in life are usually what make a huge difference for others. Good for you for being concerned!
You can help people by always being KIND. Kindness can only do good in people's lives. Here are some ways to be kind: always say hello, holding doors open for others, donating things to the poor, helping others do "jobs" if they want and/or need help, and also speaking nice words. Kindness can only help others.
Just be there for those you know need & deserve your love & help. I work in aged care in a nursing home & couldn't have a more rewarding job. Find something that creates a meaning for you & touch the lives of others. "It's not what you get out of life but what you give" & if you can improve the quality of life for someone else you are on the right path in this life.