How to Pay a Compliment

by Michelle on February 21, 2014

This is a follow up post to “The Power of a Compliment“.

Compliment Someone You Know:  These people are IN your phone book or are one of your Facebook friends for a reason – there is something you like about him or her.  Tell him/her.

  • Go through your phone contact list, or your Facebook friends list, or through your email contacts.
  • Choose one person each day.
  • Think of something you really like or admire about that person.
  • Figure out what it is and TELL her/him.  Text, Facebook message, email, write a letter, send a card, say it face-to-face,  or call.
  • You will make her/his day.

Compliment Someone You DON’T Know: Isn’t it fun while you are out and about, running your errands, and someone (a stranger), out of the blue compliments your shoes, your purse, or even your child?  It can be your turn, so tell him/her.  So…

  • Notice something positive.
  • Say it.
  • You will make his/her day.

Compliments are a Connection to a Common Ground

We all spend a lot of money, or time, or brain power in selecting the things we choose to wear, the things we do and say and how we say them, and sometimes we second-guess them.

We all worry we are not being the “perfect parent”, the “ideal friend, “the fastest or the smartest in the class”, etc.

We are all really hard on ourselves.

Each time we pay another a compliment, we are reminding each other how far we have come.  We are offering each other a little grace.

“Never waste an opportunity to tell someone you love them.” ~Unknown

“Because it proves that you don’t need much to change the entire world for the better. You can start with the most ordinary ingredients. You can start with the world you’ve got.” ~ Catherine Ryan Hyde

“Every once in awhile try to do something nice for somebody you don’t know, even if it’s just leaving an opening in traffic for them to merge into, small things like that give people hope that we’re not all assholes.” ~Joshua Neik

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