A few months ago, I was at a Sephora with my mom. As we were checking out—she bought something and I didn’t, because #budget—I told the woman working behind the counter, “Your eye makeup is so cool. I love it.” Previously ambivalent, she smiled and said that I made her day. As we were walking out of the store, my mom expressed how unlike me it was to talk to a stranger (true)—and how nice it was that I randomly complimented said stranger.
That’s the entirely selfish way I came up with a little challenge for myself: To give out at least one compliment every single day.
Think about the last time someone complimented you, whether it was on your outfit, your eye makeup or your latest work presentation. It felt pretty good, didn’t it? You left the interaction walking a little taller, didn’t you? Now think about the last time you complimented someone, whether it was on their outfit, their eye makeup or their latest work presentation. That felt great too, no? Damn right, it did.
Studies have continuously shown the positive effects compliments can have on a variety of aspects of our lives. Professor Nick Haslam of the University of Melbourne told HuffPost Australia, “Compliments can lift moods, improve engagement with tasks, enhance learning and increase persistence." He went on to explain, “Giving compliments is arguably better than receiving them, just as giving gifts or contributing to charity has benefits to the giver.”