World Kindness Day 2014
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World Compliment Day – Giving And Receiving

Vidya Sury reminded me that today, 1st March, is World Compliment Day. Then she kindly did a post on Write Tribe with an open linky to add World Compliment Day posts too. Thank you, Vidya, you’re very generous!

World Kindness Day 2014

World Compliment Day – a good day to focus on giving and receiving compliments.

We’ve all been taught to give gifts on special occasions – birthdays and festivals. Sometimes we give no-occasion gifts to people who are special to us. But all these gifts are more for ourselves than the other – they make us feel good. The joy of giving comes when we give spontaneously. What better gift than a thoughtful compliment given spontaneously and generously?

Spread love everywhere you go.
Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
– Mother Teresa

Have you, like me, sometimes held back on compliments? This is not because I find it hard to see good things in another, but because I feel I might come off as looking insincere. I’ll admit that there are times too that I’ll hold back a compliment because I just don’t want to be nice! Yes, I can be a mean girl sometimes.

There is an art to paying compliments and one that I’m working on.

Are you comfortable paying compliments? And do you give compliments generously?

I used to be uncomfortable receiving compliments too. Not any more. When I am given a sincere compliment, I don’t deflect it but receive it gratefully.

Your ability to receive compliments symbolizes how well you receive love.
Be a wide receiver.~ Alan Cohen

For some strange reason, we human beings seem more conditioned to recall our weaknesses and our mistakes. When people give us compliments, we seem unable to take them in. We’re more likely to believe people’s criticism of us than we our their compliments.

In his book Love Without Conditions, Paul Ferrini wrote: “If you do not take responsibility for bringing love to your own wounds, you will not move out of the vicious cycle of self-attack, self-defense, self-imposed guilt and self-imposed blame.”

How true. Receiving compliments gracefully is one one way offer yourself love and acceptance.

Today, let’s pledge ourselves to giving and receiving compliments to make ourselves and others feel good.


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An inspirational writer, a creativity and writing trainer/coach, I write about life, gratitude, healing, wellness, relationships at Everyday Gyaan. I offer training/coaching to anyone looking to explore their creativity and heal through writing via The Frangipani Creative, located in Secunderabad, India. You can also find me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for my weekly newsletter, Bytes of Gyaan, on Substack.

13 Comments on “World Compliment Day – Giving And Receiving

  1. Let me give you the second compliment – Thank you for keeping up Write Tribe, i missed writing so much. WIll wait for the prompts too. It has been such a wonderful writers tribe

  2. Being able to both give and receive compliments sincerely and appreciatively is so vital to being able to love ourselves and others. Giving thanks for the amazing, thoughtful writer you are, Corinne!

  3. Life is indeed one big network of a saga of relationships and the oil of generosity with our words sure sets a spring, to one’s day! As human beings unfortunately,we are all naturally wired to focus on negative vocabulary,vibes etc that come our way each day and so unless we remind each other of one’s goodness..loudly and sincerely.. we are failing to care for each other!! Complimenting requires, grace to step out one’s own comfort zone, focusing on the obvious and the sublte gifts,strengths,beauty etc in the people around us and celebrating some aloud…sure creates an aroma of positivity, both for the receiver and the giver…

  4. Compliments bring warmth and joy, which could be momentary but they change our attitude to life. They remind us the significance of giving…the virtue we all yearn for!
    I like sincere compliments not the ones which are given just to please or attract attention.
    Thanks Corinne, for the reminders.

  5. Thanks for reminding us Corinne … I’m a day late but I’d like to say that I learnt a lot about blogging from you, by reading your posts…And not only blogging but the voice that I can raise through blogging by taking part and writing for such initiatives 🙂

    Thanks for inspiring me and so many others 🙂

  6. Corinne, you are the one who opened up the blogging world for me. For that I am ever grateful. No doubt you have done that for many others. Your encouragement and inspiration motivates us to keep writing.

  7. giving compliments genuinely and generously comes naturally to me.. but i too had difficulties in accepting compliments at a point of time … now i have learned it well.. 🙂 🙂 i believe listening and paying attention to someone’s words is the greatest compliment we can ever give…

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