Life is hard. Everyone is stressed, busier, and crankier than ever. Now more than ever, we're just trying to get through the day. We don’t have the energy to worry about anyone other than ourselves - to add value to someone else's day, to compliment someone. I’m not talking about telling your friend you like her dress or her hair looks good.
A few months into launching Lazyjack Press, I got an email from a dad who bought our “Re-Rack” bow tie for his college-age son. He thanked me and told me the bow tie was “spectacular” - that it was sure to be a hit at his son's school. He didn't need to write me but this simple gesture had a stunning impact on me.
I’ve made a concerted effort since then to be more aware - to thanking people, letting them know I appreciate them, even on days when things aren’t going my way. I tell restaurant managers about great waitresses, reach out to old friends, and call 311 to compliment exceptional cab drivers. (311 operators weren't even sure they could give compliments, by the way, because they only receive complaints). And you know what? Maybe nothing comes of those compliments, shout-outs, and kind gestures 99% of the time. But the 1% of the time, when they positively affect lives, makes it all worth it.
Try it. Compliment someone today. Make someone feel good in a meaningful way. You won't only make them happy - some of the good jujus are sure to spill over into your day. In this day and age, our world could use a little more kindness.