My best friend pointed something out to me a couple weeks back: I frequently compliment strangers.
I hadn't given it much thought, but am aware that it's something I do.
My thinking behind it is (1) it's awesome to get a compliment in general, and (2) coming from a stranger is unexpected and can really brighten someone's day. Bottom line, why not?
I think we sometimes think that people who are close to us that compliment us are just saying it because they have to (which isn't true, typically) but from someone who doesn't know you, it's an unexpected surprise. I know we all compliment each other in the blogosphere a lot, but in person puts a new meaning behind it.
Do you compliment strangers? If not, will you try it today?