Love and Life

See Beauty and Speak It!

Mark Twain said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  

How true is that statement?!  A sincere compliment can go such a long way!

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A man hath joy by the answer of his mouth: and a word spoken in due season, how good is it!
Proverbs 15:23

Have you ever heard of The Five Love Languages*? Without going into great detail, the theory is that there are 5 different ways that most people feel loved: words of affirmation, physical touch, acts of service, quality time and gift giving.

Hands down, no doubt about it, my “love language” is words of affirmation.  For me, a sincere compliment goes much further than a gift or hug or time spent together.  Knowing that I am appreciated gives me life.  

Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.
Proverbs 12:25

Due to words of affirmation being the way I feel loved, it is also the way I show love.  In turn, I am a naturally complimentary person. If I appreciate something I always say it! Some people have a harder time giving compliments, but I encourage you: “If you see something beautiful in someone, speak it!”

Don’t ever hold back from giving someone a compliment!
You may never know the full impact of your words.

Something as simple as complimenting someone’s smile, hair, outfit, or their perfume, can really make someone’s day.  It is amazing how just mentioning something positive about someone can really be an encouragement.

Even more important are the compliments that have nothing to do with the way a person looks. Compliments about someone’s character are such a source of ongoing encouragement:

“You are a great listener”

“Thank you for being such a hard worker.”

“You have great time management skills.”

“I appreciate the way you stood up for yourself!”

“Thank you for being someone that I can count on.”

“Your friendship is important to me.”

“I am thankful for your kind heart.”

“You always being on time means a lot to me!”

Think about the last compliment you received and how it made you feel.  Now, look for the beauty in the people around you and speak it.  You might just be surprised at how much better you both end up feeling.

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You can find me as Looking Joli Good on all three.

*If you would like to learn a bit more about the 5 Love Languages you can read more by clicking HERE.  It is so interesting!

9 thoughts on “See Beauty and Speak It!

  1. Great post! It is always uplifting and encouraging to receive a kind word from another, and satisfying to be the one that gives the encouragement.

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  2. This is so true! We hear so many negative things – and often a lot of the source is from negative self talk. A genuine compliment is so important. And yes, it should be something about the person’s character rather than something superficial. I remember having to do an exercise in a group when I was a teenager to say something nice to someone and it can’t be about their appearance – it was more challenging than we thought it would be!

    And with that, I say to you: Laura, you are a very helpful blogger! 🙂

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      1. I don’t know why my comment ended up being here! Lol, it should have been in response to another comment on another post. Weird!
        Anyway…Thanks! I agree, I also remember all of the nice things people have said to me too! I really can live for two months off of a good compliment! (Maybe even longer depending on the compliment!)


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