Rabbi Shmuley says we can learn how to be good people by treating those we may never see again with the respect they deserve and by giving them a token of our appreciation. "Tipping becomes a way of acknowledging that someone else matters, Rabbi Shmuley says. "You should never be cheap. It's about respect—simply saying to the person, 'I appreciate you.'"
In addition, he says the way you treat other people in front of your children can have an effect on the kind of people they become. "The more you treat people like they matter, the more you model altruistic behavior for your children," Rabbi Shmuley says. The next time you have an opportunity to show appreciation for someone else by leaving them a tip, do so. "Those couple of bucks—that is the best investment you will ever make because you are going to raise good kids as a result."
"Don't be a cheapskate. Appreciate people, and leave a tip."