Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster: Make a Difference

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


Everybody wants to make a mark on the world, to help contribute to making it a better place. However, improving the world around you doesn’t have to be a momentous feat: it can be as simple as opening the door for a stranger or helping someone carry groceries. A small act of kindness can go a long way. Get ready to make a difference this month with these inspiring words.

Reform: (noun)  to improve (someone or something) by removing or correcting faults, problems, etc.
Daisy’s dream was to reform the world to make it a better place to live in for everyone.

Embolden: (verb) to make (someone) more confident
Malcolm hoped to embolden his peers before taking the sports game by giving them a pep talk.

Ameliorate: (verb) to make (something, such as a problem) better, less painful, etc.
I plan to ameliorate my nerves for the upcoming exam by studying as much as possible.

Influence: (verb) to affect or change (someone or something) in an indirect but usually important way : to have an influence on (someone or something)
Casey’s speech influenced scientists to work towards fixing global warming.

Advocate: (noun) a person who argues for or supports a cause or policy
The most famous advocate for civil rights is Martin Luther King Jr., who led the movement for equality.

Impact: (noun)  a powerful or major influence or effect
The F on his test really impacted Dan’s final grade in history.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)