CHALK IT UP

Inspire passersby with chalk. Purchase some sidewalk chalk. Then draw bright, colorful pictures -- or write happy quotes. Some examples: Think happy, be happy. Be silly, be honest, be kind. A kind word is like a spring day. Kind people are the best kind of people. Always be kinder than necessary.

A HAND UP

Your family can help combat global poverty -- and begin great discussions about world issues – by donating $25 to Kiva. The money goes toward a “microfinance” loan to small entrepreneurs in developing countries. First your family can read the stories of those seeking assistance and pick whom you will lend to.