This is a humorous video, but it is also instructive. This guy drives around the town yelling compliments at complete strangers. The reactions are priceless. First, we are just not accustomed to a stranger will saying anything positive to us. It’s just not “normal.” It probably feels awkward. Second, once the awkwardness wears off, most people smile. Why? It feels good to receive a compliment.
Joe’s Perspective: There are times when I like a person’s style of dress, and I may want to say something, but 99 out of 100 times I keep it to myself. The same thing happens when I notice a stranger’s eyes or nail polish or even running shoes. I just keep it to myself. Mostly, it’s because I’ve been programmed to believe that complimenting a woman could be perceived as sexual harassment. Also, as a married man, I don’t want someone to think I’m hitting on them. When I think about it, it sounds silly. If a simple compliment can make someone feel this good, why not say it? I am going to give it a go. I will call it a social experiment of kindness.
Maybe, you too, should partake in this social experiment of kindness. As you begin the semester at school, give friends and total strangers compliments and see what happens.
Your Turn: What do you think of this social experiment on kindness. Will you do it? Do you think it will work?