For many of us, 2017 is going to be rough. Getting through it will require peak kindness.
If you're looking to treat others better in 2017 (uh, we hope that is the case), start with a few simple changes. Bonus: This is a New Year's resolution that does not include unrealistic exercise goals.
Here are a few steps you can take to amp up your kindness in 2017.
1. Tip more than you need to
To start, implement a 20 per cent minimum for tips. Remember to tip baristas, hair salon shampooers and coatroom attendants, too - they are often forgotten.
Finally, if you can't afford to leave a good tip somewhere, don't go there. Service industry workers deserve to be compensated fairly no matter what your budget is.
2. Say hi to an old friend
Send someone you haven't talked to in a while a nice text message. Or a note. Or a delightful meme. (Just make sure it's someone you actually want to talk to first, please.)
3. Offer to help someone out
Babysit for your cousins. Send a care package. Help your roommate do the dishes.
If someone posts a Facebook status asking for help moving, be the one who lends a hand.