Challenge of the Day – Genuinely compliment 5 people

Complimenting others will not only make the receiver feel great, but it will also benefits the giver too! There are studies and science to back up these claims. And why wouldn’t you want to make someone else’s day?

Science Explains Why Compliments Feel so Good

It is no surprise that people like when others are nice to them. A compliment, good grade, or positive work review can even cause people to perform better, as studies (and probably you) have found.

But why? Why is it that people who hear compliments strive to do better, rather than get complacent? Researchers at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences, Nagoya Institute of Technology, and the University of Tokyo, among other Japanese institutions, have found a scientific explanation. According to their study, compliments activate the same region of the brain, the striatum, as cash does, and both encourage people to perform better.

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Want to Feel More Positive? Learn to Give Genuine Compliments

Giving a genuine compliment is an amazing positivity boost! But compliments are not only good for the recipients—they’re good for the people who give them as well. When you go out of your way to say something nice and give thoughtful praise to another person, it amplifies your self-confidence and nourishes your self-esteem.

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How to give a good compliment

Find something you genuinely like about the person. It’s easy enough to pick the first thing you notice about someone and compliment it. You could say “I like your shirt” or “Nice hair” to just about anyone, but a good compliment goes deeper. Take a moment and think about what you really admire about the person before you say anything. Your compliment will be appreciated if it’s clear you really mean what you say.

  • On the other hand, never give someone a false compliment. For example, if your friend walks in wearing a new pair of boots you think are tacky, don’t compliment them. Maybe she’ll believe you, maybe she won’t, but if you make a habit of giving compliments you don’t really mean, you won’t come off as sincere, and eventually your words will mean less to people.

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