The other day when I was leaving work, a colleague of mine complimented me on my outfit. It was such a lovely, unexpected gesture and put a real spring in my step for the rest of the afternoon.
It got me thinking about positive words and how nice it is to receive an unsolicited compliment…
Those few kind words imparted from my colleague were genuine – which I think is why they resonated with me so much. It wasn’t a throw-away comment, or gratuitous. It was a simple statement which wasn’t over-the-top or saccharine. It just left with me with that lovely little glow of proper, pure happiness.
It certainly made me feel good and I really hope my joy was reflected back. That’s the wonderful thing about compliments – they often make both you, and the person you’re directing them at, happy.
I’m not one who enjoys big public displays of praise, but my experience the other day was a really good reminder about how a few lovely words can really turn a person’s day around. I’m not advocating for going out and complimenting every person you meet every day, but telling a friend they look great, a colleague that they did a great job on a project, or a partner that the dinner they cooked was really delicious – hell yes.
There’s so much negativity in our world at times – it’s on the news, in our social media feeds, sometimes even from friends and family who are angry or upset. It often feels like people are much more willing to say something negative, than something positive. Imagine if affirmative words were the default though?
So here’s to compliments- receiving them and giving them.
When was the last time you received a compliment? How did it make you feel?
Have a wonderful weekend. x