Today is National Compliment Day; a day that serves as a reminder of the power of positive words.
We all know how great it is to receive a compliment. But did you know that giving one helps you feel happier and can even improve your health? Research has shown that when we do something kind, our brains release oxytocin, the “hug hormone” that makes us feel good. And giving someone a genuine compliment is one of the easiest ways to practice kindness!
Here are three ways to brighten someone’s day — today and every day:
Say Thank You:
Whether it’s face-to-face, over the phone or an old fashioned thank-you card, a simple and sincere “thank you” can be the best compliment. Try slipping a surprise note inside your child’s or spouse’s lunch bag to give them a boost of encouragement for the day!
Acts of Kindness:
Compliments come in many forms, including acts of kindness. It doesn’t require a ton of effort to show someone you care. Offer to drive the carpool for an overwhelmed parent or check in with a friend who’s just had surgery to see if you can pick up anything at the store for them.
Acknowledge Great Work:
Has someone been going the extra mile at work or home? Let them know you’ve noticed their hard work. Positive reinforcement can make the recipient feel good about the effort they’ve put in and motivate them to keep it up! Psychologists have found that it takes ten positive comments to offset one negative comment. Positive comments can help us create a healthier work culture and improve our relationships with friends and family members.
Today, make it a priority to give five compliments to the people around you: your coworkers, boss, family, even the cashier at the supermarket. It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life, and a compliment from the heart can truly make someone’s day.
How will you show appreciation and support this National Compliment Day? Let us know in the comments below!