Many years ago, as a teenager, I despaired of ever finding a way out of the pain I was in. I eventually decided that, if I couldn’t reduce my own pain, then perhaps the next best thing was to reduce the overall amount of pain in the world. Are you lonely? Find someone more lonely, and help them. Are you anxious? Find someone just as anxious as you, and help them feel safe. Think the world is ugly? Print some beautiful photos and pin them up in random public places.
(Many years later I heard author John Green express the same concept, with the phrase “reduce world suck”. I love that!)