Two-Minute Karma: 9 Speedy Ways to Super-Charge Your Spirit

Easy things you can do to help others (less daunting than quitting your job to go save endangered beetles and more fulfilling than recycling your newspaper).

Help End Hunger With an Oddly Addictive (Free!) Word Game

At, you answer multiple-choice questions about the real definition of words, and for every correct response, the United Nations World Food Program donates 10 grains of rice to hungry people. Thus far, 6.5 billion grains have been given away and countless users have seen their literacy skyrocket as they absorb the meaning of such “shend” (reproach) and “calipash” (edible turtle part).

One Click, One Less Worry in the World

Too simple to be true. At, you click on a cause button—say, breast cancer, animal rescue, or save the rainforest—and the advertising sponsors of the sites immediately send a donation to the charity. The feel-good bonus: daily progress reports that show you how your clicks add up. Take July 7, 2011, when the animal rescue site received enough to pay for 202,877 bowls of kibble.

Lead Kids to Reading

With every two-dollars you give to the, one low-income child receives—you guessed it—a book. The stats? First Book has given away over 80 million books and educational resources away to children across the United States and Canada. Not to mention that a certain adult someone who also loves reading (most recently on her ipad) also has partnered with this life-changing non-profit.