1st March World Compliment Day – 5 Genuine Compliments That Will Make Someone’s Day!
This March 1st is World Compliment Day – the perfect time to start dishing out little rays of sunshine wherever you go. But have you ever thought about how hard it is to come up with a compliment that isn’t based on looks? Telling someone they are beautiful might just make their day but making beauty the only praise-worthy trait stops us from valuing the meaningful things we really love about people. This is especially true when it comes to complimenting little ones and helping them learn what is important and valuable about themselves; have you ever noticed how little girls are always praised for being pretty while little boys are praised for being strong or smart?
This World Compliment Day, it’s time to start celebrating traits that go beyond skin-deep. Whether you want to compliment your child, a family member, a work colleague, or even a complete stranger, here are some genuinely meaningful compliments that will make their day.
“You are really clever”
From praising a nifty bit of decision making in the office to acknowledging the hard work put into your little one’s homework, this is a compliment that works well across the board. After all, who doesn’t love to hear how smart they are? It’s also really beneficial to help little ones value intelligence from an early age as it will encourage them to be more curious and thoughtful.
“You’re really kind”
Trying to be kind every day can be a thankless task; it’s rarely reciprocated and is often overshadowed by big showy gestures. If you’re having a bad day though, a small act of kindness can actually mean more than a big present or gushy social media status. Don’t let a loved one’s, friend’s, or colleague’s everyday positivity go overlooked – compliment their kindness to let them know you’ve noticed.
“That was really brave”
As someone wise once said, “Being brave isn’t the absence of fear. Being brave is having that fear but finding a way through it.” Making a brave decision can be tough so complimenting someone on their courage can really help in the aftermath.
Whether someone inspires you to be a better person, to take better care of yourself, to be more patient, or to be a good friend, or anything else – let them know. People don’t tend to think of themselves as inspiring (and the ones that do usually aren’t) so this is a compliment that will really stick with them. Why make their day when you could make their whole year?