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Power of the Compliment by Janice Taylor, Beliefnet Blogger
Most everyone appreciates a compliment, a word of encouragement, and a bit of recognition. I know, I do! Someone said something nice to me today and it made all the difference. (Thank you kind stranger!) Positive and encouraging comments build confidence and self-esteem.
So, hey, why not? Say something nice to someone! It ain’t gonna’ cost you nothin’, and it’s relatively easy. And – extra bonus – as you look for the good in others, they will find the good in you.

“You will find what you look for: good or evil, problems or solutions.” ~ John Marks Templeton


Compliments are little offerings of unexpected, no-strings-attached love. They are not asked for; they are not required. They simply let a person know that you recognize their positive light and that they are worthy of notice. If delivered well, a compliment can change the air from static to calm; from negative to positive.
Compliments send out a ripple of kindness. Not only does the recipient of the compliment feel good, so does the giver. Moods are boosted; positivity amplified.
Compliments land successfully only when sincere; when a true reflection of what we are thinking. Faux, syrupy, artificially sweetened compliments will backfire and the deliverer of said fake compliments will appear insincere and untrustworthy.
Be An Angel: Pile on the Praise
The best way to spread the complimentary word (NOT the icing) is to take a moment to notice what’s right and good in a person; something that you genuinely admire, and then find a way to let them know.
Here are some positive character traits that you might be on the look out for.
Kind – Fair – Helpful – Honest – Reliable – Friendly – Brave – Caring – Smart – Funny – Generous – Open minded – Loving – Warm – Positive – Peaceful – Creative – Witty – Cheerful – Flexible – Beautiful – Handsome – Sexy – Good Listener – Joy – Unique – Funny
And now practice giving compliments.
You are … fun.
You are … unique.
You are … loving.
I appreciate your ability to listen.
I appreciate your kindness.
You do ‘that’ so well.
You bring out the best in me.
You make me want to be a better person.
And when someone gives you a compliment, simply smile and say, “Thank you.”
And now … go ahead, leave a complimentary comment (about anyone!)
Spread the complimentary word (NOT the icing!),
Janice

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