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You Are Awesome! #WorldComplimentDay @ComplimentDay

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What a positive way to begin the month of March with World Compliment Day. How are you celebrating it?

Are you going to say,

“Oh, wow. You look fantastic! You look so much slimmer!”

“Is that a new hairdo? Looks great on you!”

“Your skin is positively glowing today!”

“You inspire me”

And why should you compliment someone? LifeHacks.org offers 7 reasons, which are:

7. It takes the focus off you
6. Smiling burns calories
5. Compliments spark creativity
4. Kindness doesn’t actually kill
3. Sincere compliments build trust
2. What goes around, comes around
1. Compliments are FREE!

Those are good enough reasons for me.

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To quote World Compliment Day website:

β€˜World Compliment Day’ simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies its power.

March 1st is just about consciously reflecting on what someone in your area does well and letting that person know he/she is sincerely appreciated for that. It should be done through words instead of gifts. “A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge,” says Hans Poortvliet, recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands. “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?”

I have plans for today!

  • I have to go finish some grocery shopping, so in addition to thanking them for what they do, I’ll be sure to tell them what a fabulous job they do, especially to the supervisors.
  • En route, I’ll meet my veggie woman, who is so sweet to all her “customers”. She remembers something special about everyone and is great at recommending what they might need even before they start telling her. Now that’s proactive selling! I’ll compliment her to tell her what a great business woman she is.
  • As I walk home, I’ll compliment the “pourakarmika” who keeps our street clean. She’s smart and she’s an expert at knowing when is the best time to sweep the place so it stays clean. She’s also tech-savvy and uses a mobile phone to interact with people in the area.
  • There’s Seva Sadan, my favorite welfare home that takes care of 100+ girls. I’ll be complimenting them about the great work they do and taking them a couple of things to show my appreciation.
  • Closer home, I have the security guards and the lady-workers who take care of garbage collection and cleaning – I have bags of goodies packed for them to show them I care.
  • I have a bag of large kitchen containers for my physiotherapist as a way of showing thanks and complimenting her on speeding up my recovery.
  • And of course, my own folks at home – I have to compliment them on what great folks they are!
  • When I sit at my computer, I plan to log in to LinkedIn to “Endorse” my connections for their skills
  • Why I’ll even visit Facebook and “like” some updates πŸ™‚

You have to agree that compliments make our day! Especially if the person matters, but even from a stranger? It feels good, doesn’t it? Just take care to ensure that you put feeling into your compliment and mean it, or it will lose its power. Also, when someone pays you a compliment, accept it graciously with a “thank you”. Don’t brush it off, or you’ll break the giver’s heart.

Just imagine infusing the world with a wave of positivity by just appreciating something about someone! Go for it!Β  It only takes a few words!

Take action!

Compliment people you usually do not compliment. Notice everyone around you. It is okay to compliment a total stranger – who knows, your words might be just what they need today!

And you know what? You are awesome!

Now go compliment someone!

Happy World Compliment Day to you – because YOU are awesome!

What is the best compliment you’ve ever received?

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10 Comments

  • Reply
    Hans Poortvliet
    March 1, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    Dear Vidya Sury, What a great, great(!) article. Focussing in on WCD’s purpose and sharing your personal plans for today (& with that giving some inspiration and idea’s to others I’m sure) Thanks so much for helping us & the world to make it a happier (work)place! Warmest regards, Hans Poortvliet, initiator, The Netherlands

    • Reply
      Vidya Sury
      March 1, 2015 at 2:40 pm

      What a pleasure to see you here, Hans! I love the idea of today – and am having a wonderful time so far, consciously expressing my appreciation with people! While I practice complimenting every day, today’s like – a Festival! πŸ™‚

      Thanks so much for coming over!
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    My Inner Chick
    March 2, 2015 at 4:14 am

    I love getting compliments, but even more, I love giving them.

    They feel like little warm hugs all over!

    Love you more than pink lemonade in Summer. cc
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    Tamsin
    March 2, 2015 at 6:52 pm

    What a wonderful day to have – of course it’s something that should be done everyday!
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    Angelo Limon
    March 3, 2015 at 6:58 pm

    Wonderful post! giving compliments is the best. You get what you give, many times fold. If you give compliments, guess what you will get back…

    love.
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    Birgit
    March 8, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    Catch up time:) This is a lovely post and it is so true about compliments. I believe I enjoy the compliments I receive from my clients when they say I made them feel better. They come in feeling little hope and being attacked by collection agencies so if I can give them info they were not aware of and try to bring a smile to them, I have done my job. When they express that I have helped….it humbles me and I am most grateful
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      Vidya Sury
      March 8, 2015 at 9:33 pm

      That’s true job satisfaction, Birgit! How blessed you must be! I remember the first time you talked about your job with so much love. πŸ™‚ I always marvel at how a small compliment can make such a big difference in someone’s day.

      You know what? You’ve no idea how happy it makes me to see you here. I worry when you don’t turn up. Thank you!
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