I’m sure we’ve all experienced those ‘bad days’ when everything goes wrong, from spilling your morning coffee while driving to work, to getting every synchronized traffic light. And those times when your hands are full of overstuffed grocery bags and the fob to unlock the doors refuses to respond, or worse, the bag rips sending everything rolling around the parking lot.
How about those days when you come into work with a hot new hair cut and no one notices, but they do notice the run in your stocking?
I am an observant person and always take the risk to compliment or assist if I see the opportunity and I’ve never had a negative response. Here’s the thing, it’s a win-win! You make a shift in the negativity in another person’s day and you increase the positivity in your own day. It takes a second to say a word or make a helpful gesture.
Here are a few things I like to do:
- When I come across military personnel, or veterans proudly wearing their service hat, I thank them for their service. Sometimes I
even salute them. The older gentlemen like that, and quite frankly, they deserve it!
- If there is someone in front of me on the checkout line counting coins and calculating which item to give back, I pay the difference. It’s usually just change, but spares the person having to put the item back.
- I always notice new haircuts and colorful ties on business men and compliment them on it.
- Women who take the time to meticulously match nails, dresses, beads and shoes love being noticed, especially the little old ladies who still take pride in dressing up. A small compliment can make their day.
- Whether, man, woman, young or old, I always hold the door open to the person entering behind me…even in a port-o-john. It’s courtesy.
- Being active, I always carry a small cooler of bottled waters in my car so those times I see a walker or biker struggling in the heat, I offer one. That also counts for Mail, UPS and others delivering packages to your door on hot days.
In today’s world where the focus is ‘all about me’ isolated on computers, stuck in our own emotions and focusing on our own struggles, it’s nice to look up and see others:)