I earned two discounts just from being nice, and all it took was a smile, a couple friendly conversations, and a little patience.
Discounted Dental Service
Last month, I went to the dental office to receive some exams and a routine cleaning, but signed up for a deep cleaning (being an ex-smoker—yeah, I probably had the beginning stages of gingivitis). During my visit, I smiled with the front staff. I held a conversation with the woman that took my x-rays and the hygienist. I laughed with other patients. I asked the staff at dental practice about their interest other than getting my teeth clean. Long story short, I made my interaction with these strangers as pleasant as I possibly could.
A month goes by, and I am due back for the remainder of my deep cleaning treatment. I have to wait 30 minutes until the hygienist finally sees me, but I don’t mind. I organize some notes on my iPhone and do a little bit of research about chakra and colors—I hear the color of food relates to the colors of chakra. I received the same hygienist, and she apologized many times about the wait. I made it seem like it was not a big deal at all, and we carried on our experienced as pleasantly as we did last time. The hygienist recognized me, even recognizing my name. She told me she thought she saw me on a previous patient list earlier this week. That goes to show that she remembers me. I made a lasting impression the first time around.
When we were just about finished with my treatment, she offers free antibiotic irrigation, which would have cost $65, just because “she want[ed] to help.”
I chalk that one up to karma. If I hadn’t been nice to her the first time, she wouldn’t have came to the conclusion of just wanted to do what she can to give me better services.
The “Be-Nice” Discount at Starbucks
Immediately right after my dentist appointment, I went to Starbucks to write. I patiently waited in line, and the manager walks in from her break, looking at me, recognizing me from a previous visit. I smile. I lift two fingers into the air. My cheeks hit the bottom of my eyes. She smiles back at me and waves. She says something I don’t quite understand, but I laugh heartily anyways. The interaction is pleasant, and that’s what causes me to find amusement in my situation, giving off a pleasant vibe.
I walk to the cashier, and it’s a gentleman that has served me before. I tell the man my order.
“Can I get your name?”
“Oh yeah!” he exclaimed. “I remember you. We had a whole conversation about your name last time. I asked if that was written on your birth certificate. You said yes.”
I laughed heartily once more. I smile. He gives takes .50 cents off my order and doesn’t charge me for almond milk. That’s saving me a totle of $1.10 on my latte, which may not sound like a lot of money, but it’s actually 20 percent of the drink. If I saved 20 percent on every drink for an entire year, I would save a significant amount more, and lattes would be somewhat justifiable—I consider lattes a luxury.
The moral of my anecdotes for today is Karma works both ways, negatively affecting an individual and positively affecting an individual. Earning good karma eventually comes back, whether it’s as blatant as these two interactions with the same people or a random act of kindness down the road.
Earlier today, I gave a stranger half my avocado for lunch. She insisted to pay me back somehow, but I just asked her to pay it forward. Sometimes, just spreading good karma is enough.