Recently, one of my friends complimented me saying, “You’re a package of joy; people must be blessed to be around you.” And by that, as you might imagine, I was overwhelmed beyond expression. I couldn’t stop smiling. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. It was like a ray of sunshine on a chilly morning. It had truly made my day. Consequently, this incident got me thinking about the significance of compliments in our lives.
How many of us actually take conscious efforts to compliment people around us- our family, our friends, our acquaintances, or even strangers? At times, we hesitate to do so by thinking about how the other person might react. At times, we avoid it to not be too intrusive. And at times, our ego doesn’t let us to do it. Should all this really stop us from complimenting? I believe not.
“The happiness of life is made up of minute fractions – the little, soon forgotten charities of a kiss or a smile, a kind look or heartfelt compliment.”
-Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Imagine going through a really bad day. Now imagine someone coming up to you out of the blue saying, “I love your eyes.” I’m certain that even if it’s for a brief moment, you’ll surely forget all your problems and all the things that were going wrong that day. That’s the power of a compliment, a heartfelt compliment.
Compliments give that what a person requires the most: Recognition, praise, appreciation and happiness. Simple words of admiration, spoken especially at unexpected times by unexpected people, really go a long way; more so when it is about the personality rather than the appearance! A simple “You inspire me to work harder”, “You are fun to be with”, “You make me so happy”, “You are a beautiful person”, “You are so kind”, might genuinely make someone’s day; and perhaps yours too!
So today, since it’s the ‘World Compliment Day’, I encourage you to inculcate the art of complimenting. Show people the love they deserve. Let them know how much of a difference they make in your life. Start appreciating them. Shower them with praises. Because after all, compliments are complimentary!