The simplest and easiest way to feel empowered is to do something for someone, or something, else.
When we focus too much on ourselves we loose perspective and the anchor that binds us to the world and others shifts and we are no longer grounded.
We are all part of life's rich community and therefore are able to contribute to it is one of the most important things that you can do in your life. Never underestimate the power to change the world - small actions by many people have huge repercussions. As we can see here with the wave of straws: