1. Smile

Smiling may seem like an involuntary response to something cute or funny, but it is much more than that. Studies suggest that smiling, forced or not, can have a positive effect on your mood, decrease stress levels, and even make everyone around you feel better. And it's FREE. What happy news! Read 9 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile More.

2. Give Blood

Approximately 40,000 pints of blood are used each day in the United States. Approximately 1 out of every 7 people entering the hospital needs blood. 1 donation has the potential to save as many as 3 lives. Giving blood is easy and free. Visit United Blood Services for a donation center near you. 

3. Clean out your closet. 

We all have things hanging in the back of our closet that we haven't worn in years. The fact is there are many people who would put great use to those things. In the Fountain Hills and Phoenix Metro area, you can connect with A New Leaf, Phoenix Rescue Mission, the Salvation Army or UMOM Day Centers to drop off your used shoes and clothing. 

4. Give Time

It's the sad truth that Phoenix has a growing homeless population and despite our beautiful climate, our nights are cold and sometimes wet. Give time at local centers and put a ray of Sunshine on someone's face. Organizations such as Arizona Department of Veteran's Services and Phoenix Children's Hospital, are just a few of the organizations that you can serve.

5. Clean out your pantry

Just like an overflowing closet, we all have canned goods and non-perishables that have been sitting in the back of the pantry collecting dust. Give that stuff away! See Catholic Charities, St Mary's Food Bank, St. Vincent de Paulor the Extended Hands Food Bank of Fountain Hills for drop off locations and details on how you can help.