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.