The Best $20 I Ever Spent

By David Geller   |   July 29, 2014

My favorite part of staying in hotels is the daily maid service.  I love coming back to the room and having the bed made, the bathroom cleaned, and everything picked up.  I often quip to my wife Heidi that the magic fairies have come again.

The truth is the “magic fairies” are mostly women who have very physically demanding jobs for a modest hourly wage.  They work long hours, five or six days a week, and are often just happy to have the work.  It shows.  They often greet me in the hall with a smile on their face and good wishes for my day.

Recently, I decided to thank the housekeeper personally and to hand her a $20 tip.  The experience invigorated me.  Her initial reaction of shock quickly morphed into a big bright smile that was contagious.  I felt great for the rest of the day.  It was the best $20 I had spent in a long time.

When we stop and notice another person, and thank them for their efforts to make our lives a little easier, they feel great and so do we.  While it doesn’t take a lot of time or a lot of money, it can bring a smile to their face, and ours.  And don’t we all want to smile a little bit more.

David Geller

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CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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