Tuesday, January 24, 2012

National Compliment Day

It’s Nice to Receive a Compliment

Today is National Compliment Day.

I’m not making that up; there really is a National Compliment Day.  Personally, I think it’s about time.  Giving and receiving a compliment can be very confusing, if you don’t know the proper way to go about it. Here are some tips for you:

When giving a compliment 
*Be sincere. A person can sense when the compliment is insincere, perhaps given because they want something from you.

*Don’t give a stupid compliment. You just want to say something nice to a person, so without thinking, you might say, “I really like your hair.” When it’s clear that the person is wearing a wig.

*Be specific. For instance you might say, “I really like your shoes, I especially like that bow on the top” or “That was a great presentation you gave. I liked the part that…..”

*Try giving more compliments. It will make you feel good about yourself. Never giving compliments can be a sign of low self-esteem.

When receiving a compliment
*Never be insincere with your thanks. Don’t be bashful. Accept the compliment with pride.

*Don’t respond with negativity. You can also add something after, “Thank you.” such as telling the person where you bought the shoes, dress or suit. Or where you get your hair done.

*Remember to look the person in the eyes when responding.

*Pass it on. For every compliment you receive, pass one on.

* Compliments lift us up, honor us, validate who we are, so don’t take them lightly.

By Lois Jamieson

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