#27 Pay a stranger a genuine compliment.

While enjoying my daily morning breakfast burrito on a shady bench outside of my office, a youngish guy in a sharp suit quickly strolled past me and then halted, turned around and came back to stand in front of me. “You have incredible eyes.” I struggled to say thank you, half chewed egg and refried beans spilling out of my mouth (I’m a sexy beast). And then he nodded and walked away. Just like that.

As a young female in a big city full of obnoxious A-types in suits, drunk frat boys in bars and the occasional stereotypical construction worker, you get creeped on a lot. This particular instance was not creepy as there was no agenda. He didn’t turn back. Didn’t ask for my number. Just kept going into the concrete jungle.

I walked back to my cube of doom with a spring in my step. I thought it was pretty cool to get a non-creepy compliment out of the blue. Why don’t people do this more often?

All day I scoped out someone to compliment. I wanted it to be genuine and unexpected; not some horse shit I made up for the purposes of just getting it over with. On my way home going down the elevator, in stepped a guy with the COOLEST hair I’ve ever seen. Curly and in a sort of mohawk/fro. I stared. Then I told him he had awesome hair. He looked uncomfortable for a second and then started laughing.

“Most people just say uh, that’s some interesting hair you’ve got there.”

“No. It’s fucking glorious.”

That’s right. I legit dropped the f-bomb to make my point. He said thank you and walked out of the elevator with a huge smile on his face.

Note to self: Ask what conditioner he uses if I run into him again.
P.S. I’ve walked past him two times since I’ve written this post and he waves every time. Huzzah! No update on conditioner as of yet.

Total Kindness Cost: $0

When was the last time you paid a stranger a random compliment? 



    • I see him all the time now and we always wave – it’s pretty awesome! 🙂 I agree.

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