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World Compliment Day

I once heard that Compliments are not treasures to be hoarded. Giving a genuine compliment is an amazing positivity boost! Telling someone, with a smile, that they did a good job on their last assignment, or that the color they are wearing suits them, could make someone's day.

March 1 is celebrated as World Compliment Day, a day that aims to address the “basic human need for recognition and appreciation.” Started in the Netherlands by Hans Poortvliet in 2001, the day is now celebrated in many countries. According to the official website of the unofficial holiday, Poortvliet created the day as a way to spread happiness and increase productivity. The website encourages people to use words instead of gifts as a way to praise and appreciate people. The idea is to create the “most positive day in the world.”

So, how do you give a compliment?

  • Compliment freely and without the expectation of anything in return. A genuine compliment is not based on our desire for appreciation for that compliment.

  • After you give someone a compliment, don’t expect them to respond immediately. Many people won’t know how to react to a genuine compliment at first—people are often so surrounded by small talk and commercial messages and insincerity that a genuine compliment might take them by surprise.

  • Focus on the details in people’s lives rather than complimenting generalities. When someone pays attention to the small things that bring value to our lives, their words carry credibility and power.

  • Instead of focusing on people’s appearances, look for ways to compliment people for their character, their actions and their choices.

  • Another key to giving genuine compliments is empathy. Rather than telling someone what we think they want to hear, we should tell them what we genuinely think is special about them.

See this for more additional clear and fun tips.

So that this does not become your standard:

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