Tuesday, June 22, 2010

1001 Ways To Tune Up The World, Number 67.

67. Just say "thanks."

When someone compliments you, just say thanks. It's not immodest or wrong to accept nice words from someone else.

Not long ago, a guy in our office got a new baseball hat for his favorite team. I saw him wearing it and said "Hey, nice hat." I said that because it is a nice hat, and because, him having a new hat for his favorite team, I thought he'd like the opportunity to have it appreciated and maybe talk about his team.

Instead, he responded with something like "ohit'sjustahatitwasn'tthatbigadealmymomsent..." and went on to mumble and defer and otherwise shunt aside the compliment, as though simply saying "Yeah, thanks" would have somehow marked him as a gloryhound.

So as a corollary to Sweetie's contribution to this list, when someone compliments you, just say "thanks."
Prior entries:

13. Ban driving any kind of automobile, motorcycle or other personal vehicle within 1-2 miles of downtown in any city with a population of more than 100,000.

12. Abolish gym class; instead, teach kids to play musical instruments.

11. Change copyright laws to allow anyone to use anyone else's creative work provided that the copier pay 60% of the profit to the originator and that the copier not cast the original work in a negative light.

10. Have more sidewalk cafes and outdoor seating.

9. When you have to give someone a gift, ask them what they want, and then get that thing for them.

8. Never interrupt or finish someone's jokes.

7. Periodically, give up something you like for at least a month.

6. Switch to "E-money."

5. Have each person assigned one phone number, and then add an extension for the various phones and faxes that person might be reached at.

4. Abolish Mondays and Tuesdays.

3. Don't listen to interviews with athletes or comedians.

2. Have "personal cashiers" at the grocery store.

1. Don't earn more than $200,000 per year.

Is this working? You bet --

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