While our response to low expectations can produce delight in others, it also works the other way around.
When we keep our expectations low, we make room for others to delight us.
It’s the opposite of being entitled or high maintenance.
And it actually makes us a delight to be around as well.
We often want to find out ahead of time what’s expected of us — to make sure we don’t fall short and we meet expectations.
When those expectations are lower than anticipated, we can rest easy, relax and do less than we intended without any negative consequences.
There’s nothing wrong with that.
There is another option, though.
Low expectations can be an opportunity to surprise and delight.
Give an unexpected tip, put extra time into that presentation, say something especially kind in an ordinary day.
The results can be better than you ever expected.