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Help us spread a little kindness. We'll share a different activity for you to try each day to help you be kind to yourself, others and even our environment. Spread a little love and see how your kindness grows. And be sure to share your kindness with us on social media. Find us @schaumlib on Twitter and Facebook and use #BeKind.
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Make someone laugh by doing a silly dance or telling a joke.

Try these:
  • What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between us, something smells!
  • How do you get a squirrel to like you? Act like a nut!
  • How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it!
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Share something with someone else.

If you're at home with your family, try letting someone else use your favorite thing first – whether it's a game or a turn on the iPad.

Or call someone you're close to and share a story with them about your day!
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Learn how to say hello in a different language.

You can practice using Mango Languages.
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Donate to a charity that could use help right now.

If you want to save up a little bit first, start a piggy bank for a cause that's important to you. Need helping picking a charity? Try Charity Navigator.
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Do a chore without being asked.

Or, take this time to finally get to that one area that you've been putting off cleaning.
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Call a friend or relative just to say hello.

They'll love hearing from you!
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Do yard work outside.

Don't have anything that needs work? See if your neighbors have any yard work they need done, like picking up sticks.
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Put out a bird or animal feeder.

If you don't already have one, try making one yourself.
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Decorate a rock with a kind saying on it.

Leave it somewhere in your neighborhood. Check out the Schaumburg Rocks Facebook group for inspiration.
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Encourage kindness by sharing this calendar with others.

We'd love it if you did!
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Make a list of things you're grateful for.

Warm cookies, your favorite blanket ...
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Read a story to someone in your family.

Or finally dive into that To Read pile. For ideas on new books to check out, try an eBook.
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Pay for the person behind you in the drive-through line.

You can also pass along a compliment!
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Call or write a senior who is at risk for social isolation.

Need help connecting to a senior? Try Alone or Love for the Elderly.
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Collect unused food at home and donate it to the local food pantry.

You can also purchase wish list items for them.
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Decorate your front window or sidewalks with something bright and colorful.

Anyone walking by will love seeing it!
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Foster or adopt a pet.

Find out more through the Almost Home Foundation.
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Remember to be kind to yourself.

Need some tips?
  • Take a one-hour break from watching, reading, or listening to news stories.
  • Stretch and meditate.
  • Take a walk outside to enjoy nature.
  • Connect with someone you care about to talk about how you're feeling.
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Support a local business by buying a gift card online.

You can also write them a card letting them know you're still supporting them during this time.
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Make a fancy dinner for yourself or the people in your house.

Need recipe ideas? Check out our online magazine subscriptions.
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Write a thank you note to someone in your life who has done something kind for you.

It can be for anything, no matter how small.
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It's Earth Day!

Celebrate by taking a walk outside and cleaning up any litter you find.
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Sew masks to donate to your local hospital.

Try this template. Once done, contact Northwestern Memorial Hospital at supplydonations@nm.org.
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Be counted.

Make sure you filled out your census. Learn more about why it matters.
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April is National Poetry Month, so write a poem for a friend or neighbor and mail it to them.

Find ideas about how to celebrate.
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Make a card for your local grocery worker thanking them for their service.

They've been working overtime!
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Find volunteer-at-home activities.

2-1-1 Illinois has more info.
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Send an "I miss you" or "this reminds me of you" text to someone you haven't talked to in a while.

They probably miss you, too!
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Next time you have food delivered, make sure you give your driver a nice tip as a big thank you.

They deserve it!
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Offer to pick up groceries for your elderly neighbors by putting a note on their door.

You'll be helping more than you know.