It increases your self-esteem:
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.
It strengthens your relationships:
The act of giving compliments creates a virtuous circle. Telling someone that they have made a positive impact on your life, or that you admired the way they handled a situation, is a powerful gift. You reinforce their value in the world, while strengthening your relationship.
It adds positivity to your day:
All too often, kindness is mistaken for weakness — and that’s a notion that we need to fight. Maybe we don’t compliment others as much as we should (or possibly as much as we want to) because we’re too self-conscious to put ourselves out there. Being unapologetically nice — and honest about that niceness — can make us feel pretty vulnerable; but giving a compliment is such a beautifully simple way to add a little extra dose of positivity to the world (or, you know, just make someone’s day a little better).
It makes you more empathetic:
Committing yourself to more complimenting means committing yourself to paying closer attention, to practicing everyday kindness. And taking the time to acknowledge someone else’s awesomeness will likely only make you a more observant and empathetic person. It is not the thought which makes us empathetic, but the effort it takes to think it, plus the additional step of expressing it.
It takes the focus off of you:
Any time you can break the habit of “stinkin’ thinkin’” even just for a second, you’re shifting your attention from all the things going wrong in your day and putting it on helping make someone else’s day a little sunnier. Before long, your compliment to a complete stranger could go viral, and strangers everywhere will be smiling at each other, telling the person they just passed on the street something they like about them. Yes, this is indeed a game changer for everyone.
It sparks creativity:
Finding something positive to say to someone at least once a day has to the power to remove, say, that person’s mental block around a big project they’ve been struggling with and clear the pathways for them to get to the solution. While something this drastic might not happen to each person who receives a compliment from you, you will undoubtedly create a space for them to think differently from that moment on. Small acts of kindness go a long way these days.
It increases your happiness:
When you put positivity out into the world, you yourself become a happier person. It is hard to be nice to be nice to others while being miserable. It reflects from the outside in. Giving compliments adds to your own personal happiness and self-worth.