Gabrielle Wang

Author and Illustrator

A simple way to happiness

I went to the bank the other day. As I approached the teller she said, You look nice.

This compliment is usually only ever made by friends and family, never by a stranger. (The one exception being shop assistants in clothing stores who are trained to say something nice about you.)

So I was surprised.

I said, ‘Thank you. That’s really nice of you to say.’

She replied,’Well, you do.’

I smiled.

And I kept on smiling for the rest of the day.

It is a simple thing. A few lovely words.

When I go out today I’m going to pay someone a compliment.

2 Responses to “A simple way to happiness”

  1. Kathleen Moulder says:

    I do this, I swear! but only ever honest compliments. And the best compliment I’ve ever received was from a little 6 year old girl who told me I looked beautiful. I think she had a particularly bad day at school and I smiled at her and told her to enjoy her afternoon so maybe that’s why I looked beautiful to her <3

    • That’s lovely, Kathleen. Children are so honest. And lovely that you do this. I complimented the lady who served me in the cafe today. She had blonde hair cropped close to her head in tight curls.

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