Let me begin by saying it is so nice of you to read this blog today. I can see that you are an inquisitive and intelligent person. Yes, it is Compliment Day. It is a day where we can say something positive about the people we see every day. Not only do compliments make other people feel good, but also did you know that giving compliments is a form of leadership and influence? This is because people love to be around positive people, and will be more likely to follow their example and listen to their ideas.
While it is usually easy for us to find compliments for those that we like, it can be more challenging to compliment someone that we can barely tolerate. On this day, find a compliment for them today as well. If you just cannot possibly find a compliment for them, then it is best not to say anything. Does this sound like something your mom would say? There is no limit on how many compliments to give today but a common suggestion is at least five (5) compliments to five (5) different people.
Below is a fun Compliment Day activity that you can play with your friends.
Gather in a circle and look at the person to your left
Find a compliment for that person.
Write the compliment on a piece of paper and who the compliment is for.
Gather the notes and post on a board.
All players are tasked to match each of the compliments to a player.
The person with the most correct matches wins.
The Bellevue University Library has some wonderful resources on being complimentary and positive. Here are a few titles:
Happiness, morality, and freedom by Arthur Melnick.
Happiness: Personhood, Community, Purpose by Pedro Alexis Tabensky.
The Happiness Equation Video by Creative Live (15 minutes)
Happy Video by Wadi Rum Films (1 h, 14 min)
Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace and Well-Being by Jonah Paquette.