I start almost every work day feeding my brain with all kinds of content to inspire me to start on the right foot. A chosen article from Elephant Journal will set me on a solid emotional path, a post from Fast Company Co.Exist gets me thinking innovative thoughts, a provocative question from Good.Co puts me in the positive culture mindframe, This Is Colossal never fails to straight up blow my mind, and good ol' Harvard Business Review helps me look smarter in meetings.
An article from HBR* that landed in my inbox a couple of days ago has stuck with me as I've been thinking about National Compliment Day, which is today, January 24.I'll get back to that article in a moment, because I really don't want to distract from the idea of compliments. A compliment is a wonderful thing. Receiving one can make us walk a little taller, smile a little brighter, and, sometimes grow a little redder in the face.:::blush::: Do you really think so?
And giving one feels as good to the giver as it does to the receiver. A compliment that's genuine, and given with good intentions (and, for heaven's sake: no agenda!) has day-changing power. So, with that in mind, I recommend that you try out this newly-realized super power on everyone you see today. Surely, you can find sincerely nice things to say to the people you interact with (and if you can't, you might want to rethink your inner circle, eh?), so go out and do it! Use our free ePraise to make it even easier. You'll feel awesome every time you do!
Now, about the article *which, I guess you have to create an HBR account to read—but it is free and they are awesome and they did not pay me to say that—stated that praise as it relates to our work (or, for the sake of today: a compliment) is not as nearly as favored by workers as negative/corrective feedback, when it comes to improving performance. Interesting. No one wants to give less than positive feedback; it doesn't always feel good receiving it—but everyone benefits from it.
The moral of the story? Compliments can make someone's day, but appropriately given, constructive criticism can make us better. Wow.
All the same, let's vow to make someone's day, just for today—it is National Compliment Day After All.
Oh, and hey, have you been working out?
Allison is a self-proclaimed Copywriting Diva and has the certificate to prove it! She's been writing for Baudville for five years and has worked in a variety of business settings for 20 years. Before becoming a professional writer 13 years ago, Allison worked as a department manager where she used Baudville products to motivate her team. She's what we call a true believer!