Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.
A few days ago I was talking to someone at work and I suddenly felt the urge to tell her how much I admire her demeanor and skills, and to praise her for the way she handled a certain situation. A smile lit up her face and she thanked me. She then added: “Thanks for your encouragement. I needed to hear that today.”
And I realized that no matter how calm and collected they look, people are fighting difficult battles. They might be smiling, but deep down they might be falling apart.
With just a compliment – a kind word that costs nothing – we can give hope, restore confidence, provide encouragement and bring joy. It’s that easy!
So I decided to try to compliment someone everyday – one compliment a day. Complimenting is not only the finest and maybe most powerful social skill, but also a sign of awareness and a kind of attention training. It makes me think more about the other person and forces my brain to focus on and notice the good things in others, which means more positive thoughts for me. It motivates me to be more mindful and it helps me cultivate a habit of appreciation.
Besides, I feel great when I compliment someone and seeing more smiles around me gives my mood a boost all by itself. It’s easy and it comes naturally. It’s so rewarding to see the power of my words, and if I can bring a smile on someone else’s face with just a word, then I know I’m going to do it more often.
Try to focus less on yourself and more on people around you. Acknowledge their efforts. Notice and compliment them on their work or the way they inspire you, on their new haircut, on something you admire at them, on their new sunglasses, or a new shirt. Don’t we all want to be noticed?
Compliment someone tomorrow and watch their reaction. Compliment someone and watch YOUR reaction. See how it makes you feel. I know I’m going to do it again tomorrow and I know it’s going to make me happy!
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