Mar. 20th, 2009

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Everyone has heard of Random Acts of Kindness. Let's consider something a bit different - Random Acts of Notice.

There are people all around who are busy doing their jobs, some of which are on your behalf, even if indirectly. I know from a volunteer position in a service industry that almost nobody bothers to say thank you. We get complaints, deserved and otherwise, and we get spat upon when we tell people that they are operating against policy, and we're expected to continue to do our jobs for those same people - and the compliments are few.

Every year and a half or so, someone will compliment me for a job done well. It's very nice, and encourages me to try again even when the next smear campaign runs through. Even the magazines have noticed that smiling and thanking one's cashier tends to boost their spirits, and they're better able to continue with the long long day of standing in one spot, doing the same thing day after day.

So let's do it. Let's look around and see who's out there, working, who we've never seen before, and catch them doing a good job. The more smiles there are in the world, the better place it'll be.

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