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Most people love compliments.  It’s the insults that hurt.  In today’s society, you read a great deal about compliments for celebrities or the rich and famous.  It’s the everyday niceties that should really be observed.  For example, if a person holds the door for you in a store, grocery, post or anywhere else, besides saying thank you how about saying something else?  You could say “You have wonderful manners, thank you;” “Your mother must be very proud of you;” or “I really appreciate your thoughtfulness.”  You can also say pleasantries to people as you are at the grocery, bank or standing in line waiting for a service.  When I was at the doctor’s the other day I told the nurse she had a gorgeous engagement ring.  It was at least two and one half karats. I have said to individuals randomly that they look very nice, great outfit, etc.  Passing around compliments may brighten a person’s day.  In today’s world it is difficult as often people are just so rude.  They stand in your way at the grocery, ignore you as you silently wait patiently, then almost hit your trolley as they pass by.  Not everyone behaves that way.  There are individuals who say ‘excuse me’ or ‘sorry’ if they are blocking you.  I was at a Trader Joe’s when I didn’t notice a woman in a scooter waiting to pass.  When I did I apologized and said that she could have told me and I would have gladly moved.  The real point of compliments is to put a smile on a family member, a stranger’s face or just to brighten a person’s day. It’s easy and free, don’t you agree? The Good Gus Series is available online at Kindle, Nook and Waterstones. Hard copies, personally autographed, are available through our website along with past blogs for your reading enjoyment. Now available audio and videos for the Good Gus series on YouTube! Digitizing for all the books are available now on YouTube! “Misplaced Trust” is now available on Amazon in e-book form. It is also available digitally at If you are thinking of a Will or a Living Trust, “Misplaced Trust” will give you the information you need to make an informed decision.

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