Summer months are normally jam-packed with fun excursions, outtings and adventures. With the weather finally agreeable enough for us to spend quality time outdoors, the options are pretty much endless. From days at the beach, to relaxed backyard cookouts with family, there isn’t much opportunity for boredom. And so, it makes sense that July, which falls right in the middle of summer, is National Anti-Boredom Month.

And that’s really what this time of year is all about. For people of all ages, the summer is a time for excitement and exploration. There’s just something about the season that makes even everyday errands seem a little brighter. Perhaps it’s the longer days or the increased opportunities for random ice cream runs, or maybe it’s just the fact that you can drive with the windows down. Whatever it is, summer is pretty fun.

With most people taking summer vacations, it’s not that hard to fight boredom. Even at work, with something as exciting as a vacation at the beach to look forward to (for those able to take one), or any vacation, for that matter, the passing of time seems a lot more intentional. After all, each minute brings us that much closer to that time in the sunshine.

This summer, though, let’s combat the boredom another way. In between spontaneous trips to get snow cones and evenings spent on the porch, why not take a few moments to give back? Summer is as good a time as any to make a difference. With just a few minutes each day, you can look up organizations whose mission aligns with a cause you’re passionate about. Or, if you already have an organization in mind, you can explore you can be of help to them. More often than not, organizations will have ways you can fit volunteer work or giving into your schedule (CLI certainly does!).

So this summer, have fun. Relax. Enjoy the sunshine. But if you can, take a few minutes to help out. It’s not just the sun that makes our world brighter. You can do that too — one act of kindness at a time.