My mother has been temping lately, and has grown a new-found appreciation for kind people that make her day a little more fun.
So, when I was visiting the other week, I noticed how she tried very hard to not just be polite, but to genuinely interact with people we met.
While I pride myself on offering a "thank you" to everyone from the Walgreens cashier to the toll booth collector, I have realized that these common pleasantries don't really help make the person's day any better. It simply makes me more cordial than my fellow man.
Let's set the bar higher. Take the time to entertain someone today. It means a lot.