Most of us make New Year’s Resolutions.  Losing weight, exercising more, eating more healthy.  They are often inwardly focused. But what if we also made resolutions that could have a positive impact on others?  Resolutions that help others, and at the same time make US happier. There’s no better feeling than seeing how even a small gesture can make someone else feel better, which in turn makes us feel good.  They don’t have to be overly ambitious or time consuming - simple changes that you commit to making that over time will become seemless and part of your daily lives.

Here are a few ideas of New Year’s Resolutions to make for yourself this year:

  • Smile more often, make eye contact with people you don’t know as you go about your day.
  • Be more patient.  When someone is irritating you, take a deep breath and let it pass.
  • Reach out to a friend or family member whom you haven’t been in touch with in awhile.
  • Practise empathy - try not to take things personally when someone you know, or even don’t know, acts not so nicely or snaps at you - put yourself in their shoes - perhaps they are going through a really rough time, you never know.  Take a deep breath, and be kind in return instead of snapping back.
  • Let the driver pass in front of you, or even take the parking spot you had your eye on!
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line at the store if you see they are in a rush.
  • Offer to open the door for an elderly person or someone with young children.
  • Check in with a friend who is going through a hard time.
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