Earlier this week at work, we had our typical weekly meeting, where we share new ideas and talk about how things are going. During the meeting, I brought up an idea I that I had been thinking of for a future event at our club. Later that day, one of my co-workers came up to me and said, “Jordan, that was a really great idea today in the meeting. Thanks for sharing.” Because of this woman’s sincere praise, I felt happy and proud of myself for the duration of the day. It was such a simple thing for my co-worker to do but her kind words meant so much to me and supplied me with a great boost in my mood.
This quick story brings me to the topic of this post: the power of compliments. One of the best ways to boost someone’s mood (and self-confidence!) is to gift them with a compliment or two. Compliments make us smile. They help make us feel good about ourselves. They give us a sense of reassurance that may be needed at times. Since you probably know how great it feels to receive sincere admiration, I suggest you do the same to others. You know when you’re out and about and you see someone’s shoes or outfit you love? Or you’re in a work meeting, and a co-worker has an idea that you think is brilliant? Tell them! Smile and share with them that you admire their style, their vision/idea, etc.
I challenge you to start giving at least three compliments a day. While nice comments serve as gifts to others, this challenge is not completely selfless. When you share your admiration with another you simultaneously created happy feelings inside of yourself. Practicing this random act of kindness will usually give the receiver an elated feeling, which will provide you with a sense of joy in return. Giving a genuine compliment is a sure and simple way to make your day, and the day of someone else, a little brighter.
Happy gifting compliments,