I can live for 2 months on a good complimentMark Twain
Same for me!
Last month as I was walking my son back from school, a young lady looked at me and said “You have such a contagious smile!”.
At first I thought I misheard her so she repeated her compliment and I felt so awkward. My smile grew even bigger when I thanked her and she replied “thank you to you!”. I just loved the feeling and I love replaying it in my head 🙂
I felt so empowered by her sweet compliment. She must have been in her 20s, and I felt it was so sincere and genuine.
I do receive regular compliments from my kids but for some reason they feel slightly more .. interested: When my daughter tells me “Mum you are so awesome” I know she wants to borrow some clothes. Same with my son when he suddenly realizes how bright I am (which is usually a sign he needs some help with his maths).
So I know how good a compliment feels. To me it’s so heartwarming, like when I receive a grateful note from a student. I always keep them. Not to brag about it but to cheer me up when I need some energy or when I doubt. The power of a compliment is incredible. Giving a compliment is like offering a present, it gives me the same feeling of warmth and buzzing to see the recipient reaction.
So for today, how about we start giving compliments to people out of our inner circle ? neighbors, co-workers, teachers and the person who serves you your favorite treat?
Notice how it feels to make people smile. Compliments are like magic powers 😉