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Thursday, December 24, 2009

Fish for Compliments

My Aunt Til was a genius of happiness.

A "maiden lady" and a "universal aunt," she used to keep a lawn chair in the trunk of her little Chevy, and on a whim she'd stop in Rosemead Park and read under a tree.

At her funeral, I learned a wonderful story. She and her younger sister and her kids would go to church on Sundays. When they got back to my younger aunt's house, Aunt Til would take the dog around the block in her car. "She's been locked up," she said, "and we had our time out. Now it's her turn."

She had her quirks, though. One of them that used to give us the giggles was when she'd blatantly fish for compliments.

We'd sit down to eat something she had cooked, potato salad, for example. And as we dug in, she'd say: "Good potato salad, huh?"

We joked about it, but you know what?

She was right.

If you've done something well, why not grab the glory? "Doing good and disappearing" is all well and good for some saints; but other mere mortals need the rush of praise to push them into their next product.

So find out who's supporting you. Solicit praise. Fish for compliments.

You'll be happier.

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