19. Give back
Use some of your time off to give back to your local community. Hospitals, schools, nursing homes, and area historic sites often need volunteers. At bostonvolunteer.org, you can peruse the calendar of events for no-commitment or last-minute opportunities. Events are sponsored by well-known charities like Rosie’s Place and Habitat for Humanity. “The site makes it easy for people to volunteer and help people,” says founder Josh Konoff. For families, the online calendar at www.bostoncares.org allows you to search for age-appropriate events like Kids Who Care Day at the Greater Boston Food Bank on February 20 from 1 to 3 p.m.