It doesn't need to be January 1 to make a resolution. Each year many of us resolve to do something that improves our lives. And the good news is that doing little things for others often creates big results for all of us.
In 2012, specialists say, if you resolve to pay-it-forward and look for those instances that will brighten someone else's day, it will brighten yours too.
"Helping out and doing acts of good can lift your spirits, which impacts your well-being and mood, and in turn, can positively impact those around you," says psychotherapist Kimberly Moffit.
"Think about a time when someone did something nice or unexpected for you. You probably felt pretty great, but so did the person doing the good deed."
This should come easily to Canadians, she says, since we are known for being polite and kind. In fact, a recent survey commissioned by LG Electronics, indicates that more than 90 per cent of Canadians would be willing to give a complete stranger 20 minutes to help move appliances and home electronics.
Armed with this information and knowing that life's good moments come from good acts, LG took to the streets to capture Canadians 'doing good' through staged moving scenarios in cities across Canada. Actors struggled to move appliances and home electronics on their own and appealed for help from passers-by. The result: many of us helped out, reinforcing our "Canada the good" reputation.
"This experiment showed that even though we're busy, Canadians are still willing to help," Moffit pointed out. "Let's continue this tradition of kindness and look for opportunities to brighten someone's day all year round."