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Bright blue-eyed Zooey Deschanel graces the August issue of Self magazine, and as a big fan of summer — “It feels lighter somehow” — she was the perfect person to give the mag a list of 31 favorite summertime activities.

Click through to find out what the 500 Days of Summer likes to do in the hottest months!

“You can’t force fun,” she says, “but you can set up situations where fun will happen to you.”

#3 Read a mystery novel in a hammock. I really wish I had a hammock. I am on a five-year hammock plan, so hopefully as I enter my 30s I can finally achieve this goal. Until then, I will read and reread Raymond Chandler’s “The Lady in the Lake” on my sofa, wishing I were hanging in a ropecradle attached precariously to a tree branch.

#8 Have a picnic w0809 SE NOUPCith friends. Nothing’s better than a picnic. Next time you have one, try a quinoa salad. Mix cooked quinoa with slivered almonds, chopped dried apricots and currants and a raspberry vinaigrette.

#14 Encourage the men around you to wear a boater hat. Not everyone’s a hat person, but it can’t hurt to try!

#22 Head to a revival movie theater for a classic you’ve never seen. If you don’t like it, nap.

#29 Play a casual game of kickball. I was unaware that kickball was having “a moment.” I like it because it’s easy to set up (pillows and a ball) for a day at the park with your friends. If you happen to have any aggression you want to get out, you can channel it into your game.

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