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Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Give Someone a Compliment

Talk is cheap. In fact, most of the time, it's free.

So why is it that we hoard our kindest words, denying them to people who might need them?

Let's put the shoe on the other foot: How do you feel when someone offers a sincere, unsolicited compliment? Doesn't it change your day, at least a little? Put a smile on your face? A spring in your step?


Look around at the people you meet today. Find something that one of them does well. Or find someone wearing a particularly nice dress, or shirt, or tie. Look closely at the work of a subordinate, or the management style of a superior. Pay better attention to the talents of your kids, or your spouse, or your parents.

And tell someone.

If you can back up your words with action--a bonus for an employee, ice cream for a kid--that much better.

Believe it or not (or maybe you know this), making other people happy usually makes us happy, too.

Try it. And you'll be happier.

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