I dare you to do one act of kindness every day for a month.

As a kid growing up I never thought terrible things happened to people I knew. I thought that violence and mental health issues were only in the movies, and could never happen to me or people in my community.

Although now I am more aware of reality, I still refuse to believe the world is a bad place. I still believe most people are good, and I think you should too. Although I know that we might never completely overcome brutality, I know we can make an impact, especially in our small close-knit community.

Here are a few random acts of kindness I dare you to do throughout the month.

1. Give someone a compliment

2. Pay for someone's coffee

3. Donate toys to kids

4. Volunteer

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5. Send someone flowers

6. Bake cookies for your neighbor

7. Leave a generous tip at a restaurant

8. Call a family member just to say hi

9. Let someone merge in front of you in traffic

10. Smile at a stranger

We live in the last best place, so let's keep it that way and spread kindness.

— Lyric DeVries, Hamilton