Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” A compliment or a kind word can be life altering if delivered directly and sincerely. We never know how deeply our kind words affect the recipient — from a store clerk to our own kids. Whenever I receive a compliment I am often surprised, but feel elated. Whenever I give a compliment it makes me feel happy to know I am making someone else feel joyful .

A few months ago I was attending a wedding when a long-time acquaintance stopped me to tell my how much she “liked the style of my hair and how good it looked”.   I generally have a hard time accepting compliments but she caught me by surprise. She was so genuine and sincere. Those brief words gave me such a happy, confident feeling for the rest of the day.

I am going to challenge myself to say more positive things to people I encounter in my daily life.


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