You’re having a bad day. Your car wouldn’t start, so you got to work an hour late. Shortly after your arrival, you promptly spilled your caramel latte all over your new shirt. And by the way? It looks like your water-cooler nemesis got the promotion you were after.
Just when it seems like nothing can salvage this torrentially awful day, you’re walking down the street and hear someone say, “Hey, nice shoes!” Suddenly, all is right with the world.
Your savior isn’t some random fashionista — it’s actually the brand-new “Compliment Machine,” created as a public work of art by artist Tom Greaves. The machine is nothing more than an iPod Nano in a large red-and-white striped box that’s been hooked up to speakers at a busy intersection in Washington, D.C. Greaves loaded up the iPod with more than 150 random compliments, and every time someone passes by, they get a pleasant surprise.
Initially, Greaves considered recording some darker quotes to go along with the sweet ones. But he had a change of heart: “Why not make it completely positive? Everyone deserves to have a compliment paid to them,” he told The Washington Post.
Even the shady politicos and other black-hearted folks on the D.C. streets could learn a thing or two from the Compliment Machine, said Greaves. “Maybe if the compliment doesn’t apply to them, they’ll want to change that.”