November 29: I'm Thankful For . . .

Nice people.

It doesn't take much to make my day. A couple of years ago, I was waiting in line at an MRI facility, waiting to pick up some films. When I finally got up to see the woman behind the desk, she looked at me, smiled, and said, "Wow, I like your sweater. That's a great color on you." I didn't ~ and still don't ~ know that woman, but to this day, I think of her every time I wear that sweater.

I'm grateful for people who drop compliments, give unexpected smiles, offer a hand, extend a courtesy. These people, to me, are like secret agents of goodwill, working undercover to make the world a bit less prickly. A little more welcoming.

It's not hard, really, to offer a complete stranger a compliment. It gets easier every time you do it. Even if it doesn't come naturally, it's something that can be worked on, like a hobby. I'm going to give it a try, because I really, really like it when other people do.

What are you thankful for today?


  1. Small acts of kindness really do make your day! I like getting compliments from total strangers because you know they're genuine - they didn't have to say anything at all!


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