This year, have you thought about a charitable donation? Not throwing money out into the void, hoping that some good will come of it, but giving to one of the charities that are taking the new "hand-up, not handout" approach to helping.
You can support solutions run by innovative, grassroots projects and organizations that are working to educate children, feed the hungry, build houses, train women (and men) with job skills, and hundreds of other amazing things.
While we live in comparatively great comfort, look at the disruption in our lives when it's so hot, even just by a few degrees. This makes me think about what those families are going through in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.
By now, everyone has heard of Angry Birds, the hugely popular game and bestselling iPhone app of all time. The Finnish company that created the app just raised $42 million in new capital to fuel new creations.