“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.” ~ Dr. Steve Maraboli
By Samantha McKenzie
Our lives are so busy. We’re often so busy that we don’t have much time to be nice. I know, it sounds a bit ridiculous, but offering kindness, or a compliment to others, sometimes doesn’t fit neatly into our day. When’s the last time you told someone something kind, thoughtful, or inspiring?
Since I know that most people are good at heart, I want to challenge us this Monday, to give away a few compliments. Give ’em away. Matter of fact, give away as many compliments as you can, as long as they are true, genuine, and real.
Compliments are a very simple way to show others that you notice them. It’s a small gesture of humanity, but for those who receive it, it can truly make their day.
So today, wherever you are, try offering a few genuine words to the people around you. Don’t take the easy route either. Challenge yourself to share a kind word with a wide variety of people.
Start with a person that lives inside of your home.
Then, as you move through the day, offer a compliment to a customer service representative, a gas station attendant, or the person at the coffee shop.
When you get to work, tell a coworker how much you appreciate them, or point out something you admire about them.
Repeat all of these steps on your way back home this evening.
Because compliments linger.
And when they truly come from the heart, they make you a better person.
So, if you’re struggling with finding the right words to say, here are a few ideas to get you going:
- Your smile always brightens up my day.
- I think you are doing a great job as a mom/dad.
- I don’t tell you often enough, but I love how you…
- Your words yesterday at the dinner table inspired me.
- I see you working hard on your goals and I’m proud of you.
- You are a natural leader. It shows up in your life in so many ways.
- You have a great way of explaining things to other people. Keep up the good work.
- I like how you ran the meeting today. It set the team off to a good start.
- I see your leadership traits evolving. I’m glad to be a part of your team.
- I love you.
- I support you.
- I am glad to be a part of your life.
Please make sure your compliments are appropriate and fit the right setting. The goal is to take the time to offer someone a compliment that may just perk up their day. The key is to make time. It takes less than 10 seconds to give a compliment away.
Be human. Be compassionate. Be kind. Be the person who makes another person’s day.