Here’s the thing, compliments make me uncomfortable, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love receiving them. As long as they are genuine, it can make my day to receive one.
I’m sure this goes for almost everyone out there. It gives you a warm feeling inside for someone to tell you something beautiful. It gives you a little pep to your step and can turn your whole day around.
Now, imagine if you gave someone else a compliment. A real, genuine compliment. You’d probably make their day a bit better.
I know I’ve had my bad days where I didn’t want to leave the house. Days I didn’t want to be around people. It often happens, Like, all the time.
But a nice compliment from a stranger, “Hey, I like that dress!” can turn my day around. OK, I guess going out wasn’t such a bad idea!
You know the saying,
“If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all”?
Well let’s turn that around to,
“If you have something nice to say, you should say it.”
Why not? I know you think about these things. I know you compliment people in your head. I know you know someone online that you really admire, and they don’t even know it.
You should tell them. You never know how people might react. They might love to hear it. But be genuine about it. People can spot a fake compliment from a mile away.
I’m shy. I have a hard time talking to people. But I try to make an effort to spread some love. If I think something in my head about someone, I say it to them. I hope it brings them a smile.
It’s especially true for moms. None of us feel like we are rocking this motherhood thing. I dare you to find one woman who says she is an awesome mom. The mom guilt is intense in all of us.
If you see a mom that you think is rocking it, tell them! They absolutely need to hear it. Just believe me on this one.
I was told the other day by a neighbor that they love watching my kids play outside and that they behave so well. Well, color me surprised because I thought they were incredibly loud and annoying. Joke’s on me, I guess.
That seriously made my day, week, month, and possibly even my year to know my kids aren’t as annoying as I think they are, and other people enjoy them!
Let’s not exclude kids either. Find something other than, “You’re so smart!” or “You are so cute!” to tell them.
I say to my son, “I really love to hear you laughing!” and his face lights up. Find something personal to them and not just your average kid compliment.
Whether people want to admit it or not, we are all carrying around our struggles.
None of us have gotten through life without at least a bit of pain and suffering.
As they say, someone is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Why not drop a few kind words to a stranger? Lessen that load a bit for them. Tell them they are doing a good job.
The best part? It costs nothing to do. You don’t have to buy anyone anything to be kind to them. Your supportive words are free. Spread them as much as you can!