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. Leo Buscaglia, American author
When was the last time you received a compliment? When was the last time you gave a compliment? Perhaps it’s been too long. Research shows you can reliably increase your personal well-being by engaging in random acts of kindness toward others. Paying a compliment is one free and easy way to do this. And since this is National Compliment Day, it’s the perfect time to start.
Compliments benefit the giver and the receiver. As Buscaglia suggests, an honest compliment has the potential to turn a life around. In addition, while your compliment is making a person feel good, it’s also making others want to be around you. In fact, giving compliments is a form of leadership and influence, because people love to be around positive people, and will be more likely to follow your example and listen to your ideas.
Affirmation: I will give at least two sincere compliments today.
Coaching questions: How graciously do you receive compliments? How easily do you give compliments? Examine how the two may be related.