Do you ever notice how one little compliment on your outfit or a job well done can put you in a better mood for hours? I love that feeling - the feeling that someone noticed and was thoughtful enough to say something nice to me. I had an appointment the other day where I got 3 compliments on my shoes. Three! I was on Cloud Nine for the rest of the day.
The funny thing is, giving someone else a compliment is just as good (if not better) than receiving one. A few weeks ago, I saw this cute little old lady in the grocery store wearing a bright red trench coat. Believe me, I love a classic trench and red is my favorite color, so I thought this coat was fantastic. As I walked past her, I touched her shoulder lightly and said "I love your coat." This was not something I felt super comfortable doing (I'm so not a touchy-feely person and I don't like talking to strangers), but she absolutely beamed when I said that. Her whole face lit up and you could tell she was strutting a little in that coat down the grocery store aisles. And as good as she might have felt receiving the compliment, I guarantee I felt a thousand times better giving it. And then I started thinking, why don't I compliment people more? Who doesn't love a compliment? It's easy enough to compliment friends, but why not brighten the day of complete strangers as well? It sure brightened my day.
So, I'm challenging myself to give at least 3 compliments a day to 3 different people I don't know. On their clothes, jewelry, hair, work, shoes, pets...anything really. It's such a tiny action, but can have such a wonderful impact on your day.
Do you give compliments to strangers?
What's the best compliment you've ever received?