I’ve had a few people ask about the compliment a day that I used to do as a teenager (for several years actually, I consciously did try).
As a teenager, I gave out lots of compliments to my friends outfits or hair styles, but also tried to be appreciative of people’s special talents. I even tried to find some thing positive to write most weeks about the service in our Church communication cards.
I have to admit I did better at giving compliments when I was out than at home!
I found that a lot of people find compliments hard to deal with (in Australia we are notoriously self-deprecating!) and at that time in my life I felt the odd one out by responding with a simple ‘thankyou’ to compliments I received.
Some people still feel that I’m insincere or trying to get something out of them by giving them a compliment, I try to ignore it an perhaps just tone down the compliments in future. Of course my compliments are sincere and I truly hope people don’t get the wrong end of the stick!
Over the past 15years I’ve consciously tried to get into a habit of speaking positive words to gain a smile, rather than being sarcastic to gain a laugh from others.
In some ways, I think it did help me form a habit of looking for the positive in most situations.
One thing I ask – when you receive a compliment, take it on face value, smile and say thankyou!
Melissa*affliliate links where possible- please use them to support my blog*
Free Time Management Course for Scrapbookers
In this two day online course, Jennifer will teach you the 5 Simple Truths of Time Management and help you:
- Rid yourself of scrapbooking stress and guilt
- Find balance when you’re overextended
- Scrapbook in smaller amounts of time
- Banish procrastination and overwhelm forever
- Know exactly where to start when you scrap