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10 Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day

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Summer-of-Service_Crayola_Week-12_Kindness This week's Summer of Service challenge, sponsored by Crayola, is to brighten someone's day by doing one or more of the following creative things. If you have more ideas, please share them in the comments!

  1. Run up to a loved one and give him or her an enthusiastic bear hug.
  2. Smile to those you pass on the street.
  3. Ask someone how they are doing, listen to the answer, and comment on it.
  4. Give others heartfelt compliments.
  5. Give someone a bouquet of flowers just because.
  6. Together as a family, identify another family whose day needs brightening, prepare some artwork (each person preparing something that is special to him or her)—even something as simple as coloring a page from a coloring book—and deliver it to the family together.
  7. For a date night with just you and your spouse, get some butcher paper and finger paint a picture for your children, hang it on the wall, and let them see it when they wake up.
  8. Kiss everyone in your family at least five times in a day!
  9. Gather your family together, turn on some upbeat music, and start dancing. Dance with each of your children, even if you have to do it while holding them.
  10. Give each member of your family a gift that relates to their favorite color (this can be store bought or homemade).

How Will You Give to Others This Week?

  • Crayola-Creativitycast_LOGO What other ideas do you have for brightening someone's day this week?
  • What are things that get in the way of brightening someone's day?
  • What are ways to overcome these challenges?
  • How has brightening someone's day made a meaningful difference for you? For others?

How Else Can You Make a Difference This Summer?

Make a meaningful difference this summer by taking the Summer of Service (SOS) Challenge. Here's how you can participate:

  • Commit to do one act of kindness/service based on the week's challenge.
  • Leave a comment with ideas relating to the week's challenge as well as your experience(s) performing it.
  • Grab the SOS button in the sidebar and put it on your blog or social networking site.
  • Enter to win each week's giveaway. Click here to check out this week's prize from Crayola.
  • Click here to join #gno this Tuesday on Twitter to connect with other Mom It Forward moms about the challenge.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.


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