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