Dear Amy: I made this resolution last year and am doing it again this year.
Each day I compliment someone. The lady in front of me in line with a pretty scarf, the family in a restaurant with well-behaved children, the person who holds a door for me, the person who assists me on the phone, etc.
It forces me to look for the good in people and makes someone's day pleasant. — Cecelia Lovas
It's so simple. So easy to do. And so powerful. Imagine, someone is tired, feeling unappreciated, and there you are saying, "Wow, you really helped me. I truly appreciate the extra effort you made." And suddenly some sort of chemical reaction happens and the person lights up. As long as it's genuine. This is such an painless way to make the world a better place by raising the feel good quotient of someone each day. And once you get used to looking someone in the eye and giving a sincere thank you for some small favor or service, you can do more than one a day. I'm sure the drug companies don't want us to know how easily we can replace their happy pills just by being nice to each other. And no bad side effects either. And it's free. And each of us has this power if we only use it.
It doesn't have to be a New Year's resolution. You can just put "Compliment someone" on your todo list each day.
Cecelia Lovas - you have a great idea there. Thanks!