THE POWER OF THANKS
The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.
—William James, Harvard professor ofpsychology and philosophy
Ding! went the Compliment Machine: “People are drawn to your positive energy.” Ding! “You are always there when needed.” With just a small sign identifying the “Compliment Machine” on 14th Street NW in Washington, D.C., the random compliments that issued from this unusual machine kept coming in a steady stream punctuated by drawn out pauses. The brain child of visual artist Tom Greaves, displayed in 2007 in conjunction with a collection of public art in the area, the Compliment Machine ...