1. Nice people in traffic.
You know that lovely moment when you’re trying to switch lanes and then FINALLY that one nice person lets you in? It’s people like that, that I am thankful for. It’s important to always give that friendly traffic wave to them right after they let you in, otherwise you’re giving them the cold shoulder and they’ll come back for revenge (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating, but seriously, be nice back to them!). Also, be sure to pay it forward by letting someone go in front of you in traffic at least once in awhile. They’ll appreciate you and you’ll feel great when they give you that ever-so underrated wave.
2. Friendly cashiers.
It always makes me feel better about the world when a cashier at a store is extremely friendly and upbeat. It makes me realize that there are great people in this world, no matter what their circumstances are. And if you come across a not so friendly cashier who isn’t smiling (which, trust me, I’ve come across some of those), try to be the better person and make their day better. Be extra friendly to them, and smile a lot, and maybe even give them a compliment! It can be something small, like “hey, I love your shirt!” (unless they’re wearing a uniformed work shirt which would be kind of weird if you complimented that). You could just possibly make them feel better and improve their day!
3. Tollbooth attendants.
We don’t think much about those people on the tollways who sit in their booths taking money from cars, one after another. The next time you stop at a tollbooth, be overly friendly to them! I know you have a very short amount of time to say anything, but in that little time, even just a big smile can make them feel more appreciated in life.
I’m sure most of us do appreciate plumbers when we have extreme issues going on in our plumbing systems, but I feel like they deserve even more credit. It’s a rough job, and a lot of times a gross job, and we wouldn’t really be able to function without them. I give them a LOT of credit for what they do because I know that I could never do their job. Plumbers are awesome and we must appreciate them more!
I feel like busboys always get ignored. You know when a busboy is cleaning your table before and after your meal? A lot of people kind of just continue their conversations amongst themselves instead of acknowledging the busboy, which I think is pretty rude. Make conversation with them; I’m willing to bet that it will make them feel a million times more appreciated. Also be sure to ALWAYS say thank you after they’re done cleaning because their job can’t always be easy either.
6. Movie theater ushers.
I used to be a movie theater usher and I can tell you that it’s no where near easy. People always leave their trash everywhere in the theaters, and it was somewhat disgusting most of the time. I also always had to rush around from theater to theater during busy times, which doesn’t feel that great! So please appreciate the ushers for cleaning up the theaters before your movie, because otherwise you would be surrounded by garbage and that would just be gross! Also highly consider taking your trash with you to throw out after the movie as a sign of respect to the hardworking ushers.
7. Mall cops.
Movies like “Mall Cop” make us want to make fun of this profession because they tend to zoom around on their segways and we treat them as a joke a lot of the time. But all in all, their goal is to protect us. Without them, if something terrible happened at the mall, we would be screwed. So please don’t treat them as a joke. In fact, the next time you see a mall cop, you should definitely take the time to at least say hello to them. It will make them feel less ignored and it will definitely brighten their day!
8. TV/Film editors.
Most of the time when we watch movies or TV shows, we think about the actors, directors, and writers. But a lot of people don’t take the time to think about the editors. From personal experience, I can tell you that editing takes a lot of time, patience, and creativity. Sure, there wouldn’t be a movie or show without the actors, but then again, if there were no editors, it would be an extremely boring thing to watch. Please appreciate the editing skills in the next thing you watch, because again, it took a lot of time and effort for that editor to do his/her job.
9. Mall kiosk workers.
I know, I know, these are the people we tend to ignore and sometimes they simply annoy us, but I have to give them credit. Why? Because despite being aware that people don’t want to be bothered, they still put themselves out there in order to try to run their business. It must be tough for them because they’re trying to make money and everyone (well, most people) is being rude to them. I’m not trying to guilt-trip you into stopping at every mall kiosk, but I am saying that if you’re not interested in what they’re selling, you should be nicer about it. Instead of just giving them a look and walking away, say something like, “No thank you, I’m not interested.” If you’re nicer about it, they won’t feel like they were just slapped in the face.
Now we may not appreciate librarians that much because we think their job is easy and they work in a low-stress environment. While they might be lucky doing what they love, they are still doing a job that serves people. They make sure that the public is happy and they help out when needed. Who else can help you find that book that you need to do important research with? Don’t underestimate the amount of work that they do to help you; they are great people!
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