My favorite part of staying in hotels is the daily maid service. I love coming back to the room to find the bed made, the bathroom sparkling 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 and who earn a very modest living. These women work long hours, five or six days a week, yet 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 was incredibly life-affirming. Her initial reaction of shock quickly morphed into a big bright smile. Her smile was contagious, and 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.
While I love a clean hotel room, I think I enjoy having a happy smile even more.