50 Compliments To Give That Aren't About Physical Appearance

50 Compliments To Give That Aren't About Physical Appearance

Because mirrors are just glass and you are so much more than that.
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1. You never fail to make me smile

2. I can tell that you genuinely care about people

3. You always tell the best jokes

4. You are strong

5. You are intelligent

6. You have great taste in ____

7. Talking with you always brightens my day

8. You are fun to hang out with

9. Your laugh is contagious

10. You are talented

11. You have an amazing voice

12. I think my dog might like you more than me

13. You radiate kindness

14. You are the best ____ I've ever seen

15. You are such a hard worker

16. I bet if you dropped a mixtape it would be fire

17. You have a wonderful sense of creativity

18. You really have an eye for ____

19. You radiate confidence

20. You mean a lot to me

21. You are a fantastic listener

22. I could not imagine life without you

23. You are so understanding

24. I feel like you would be a great person to do a group project with

25. You are going to make a difference in the world

26. You are a phenomenal leader

27. You are selfless

28. You make people feel good

29. You are reliable

30. Your ideas and beliefs matter

31. I could trust you with anything (even my passwords!)

32. You smell good

33. People can always count on you

34. I bet animals love you

35. You are great with strangers

36. You always tip the perfect amount

37. I bet even Kanye would like you more than himself

38. You're hysterical

39. You are definitely doing your part to save the Earth

40. You made my day

41. I am proud of all you have accomplished

42. You have such a big heart

43. You have a beautiful mind

44. You are a positive influence

45. You are a badass, like, honestly super cool

46. I can be myself around you

47. You are just doing a great job at life

48. You are empowering

49. You inspire me to be a better person

50. I am glad you exist

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​An Open Letter To The People Who Don’t Tip Their Servers

This one's for you.
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Dear Person Who Has No Idea How Much The 0 In The “Tip:" Line Matters,

I want to by asking you a simple question: Why?

Is it because you can't afford it? Is it because you are blind to the fact that the tip you leave is how the waiter/waitress serving you is making their living? Is it because you're just lazy and you “don't feel like it"?

Is it because you think that, while taking care of not only your table but at least three to five others, they took too long bringing you that side of ranch dressing? Or is it just because you're unaware that as a server these people make $2.85 an hour plus TIPS?

The average waiter/waitress is only supposed to be paid $2.13 an hour plus tips according to the U.S. Department of Labor.

That then leaves the waiter/waitress with a paycheck with the numbers **$0.00** and the words “Not a real paycheck." stamped on it. Therefore these men and women completely rely on the tips they make during the week to pay their bills.

So, with that being said, I have a few words for those of you who are ignorant enough to leave without leaving a few dollars in the “tip:" line.

Imagine if you go to work, the night starts off slow, then almost like a bomb went off the entire workplace is chaotic and you can't seem to find a minute to stop and breathe, let alone think about what to do next.

Imagine that you are helping a total of six different groups of people at one time, with each group containing two to 10 people.

Imagine that you are working your ass off to make sure that these customers have the best experience possible. Then you cash them out, you hand them a pen and a receipt, say “Thank you so much! It was a pleasure serving you, have a great day!"

Imagine you walk away to attempt to start one of the 17 other things you need to complete, watch as the group you just thanked leaves, and maybe even wave goodbye.

Imagine you are cleaning up the mess that they have so kindly left behind, you look down at the receipt and realize there's a sad face on the tip line of a $24.83 bill.

Imagine how devastated you feel knowing that you helped these people as much as you could just to have them throw water on the fire you need to complete the night.

Now, realize that whenever you decide not to tip your waitress, this is nine out of 10 times what they go through. I cannot stress enough how important it is for people to realize that this is someone's profession — whether they are a college student, a single mother working their second job of the day, a new dad who needs to pay off the loan he needed to take out to get a safer car for his child, your friend, your mom, your dad, your sister, your brother, you.

If you cannot afford to tip, do not come out to eat. If you cannot afford the three alcoholic drinks you gulped down, plus your food and a tip do not come out to eat.

If you cannot afford the $10 wings that become half-off on Tuesdays plus that water you asked for, do not come out to eat.

If you cannot see that the person in front of you is working their best to accommodate you, while trying to do the same for the other five tables around you, do not come out to eat. If you cannot realize that the man or woman in front of you is a real person, with their own personal lives and problems and that maybe these problems have led them to be the reason they are standing in front of you, then do not come out to eat.

As a server myself, it kills me to see the people around me being deprived of the money that they were supposed to earn. It kills me to see the three dollars you left on a $40 bill. It kills me that you cannot stand to put yourself in our shoes — as if you're better than us. I wonder if you realize that you single-handedly ruined part of our nights.

I wonder if maybe one day you will be in our shoes, and I hope to God no one treats you how you have treated us. But if they do, then maybe you'll realize how we felt when you left no tip after we gave you our time.

Cover Image Credit: Hailea Shallock

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When You're More Than Just Homesick

Maybe you had to leave in order to really miss a place; maybe you had to travel to figure out how beloved your starting point was.

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Is there a word for the feeling of when you point at that particular point on the map and feel a sudden gush of emotions that run right from your stomach and throbbing out from your heart? An emotion more intense than homesickness and still much subtle.

As if a reckoning, a sense of belonging-not form people or a home you lived in, but from the random streets you used to pass by, from the familiar warmth in the foreign air, from the common memory of a random deli you share with a stranger. A pinch of surprise on missing something you actually never held that dear or were unaware would matter that much someday, and a bit of sorrow for losing out on the chance to be in the presence-just be there for no good reason(like old times!)

It feels as if, on a cold winter morning, someone suddenly snatched away my cozy blanket-a warmth which is readily rekindled when seeing that broad smile drawn on a familiar face. So next time when I see this face, no matter on a screen or in front of me, I make sure to smile a bit wider, love a bit harder and never miss a chance to tell them that I do! I think this is my own way of painting a colorful picture of happiness (that once was). A picture I can carry along to hang it on the empty walls of my home away from home.

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