Isn’t just thinking nice thoughts good enough?
It is generally easy enough to think nice thoughts about other people (it is actually easiest to criticise, but that is a topic for another day).
You may have noticed over the years, that very few people are telepathic, they cannot read our minds. If the FBI cannot find a source of telepathic people to be agents, it is unlikely that the people we meet day to day will have such skills.
This article by Jeff Haden is a great example of how complimenting people makes a difference to their day AND to yours. The feel good factor, the satisfaction of overcoming slight anxiousness, seeing someone’s day light up, and also showing care, compassion and kindness. We simply do not know what anyone else has experienced today, and a compliment can go a long way.
Jeff is committed to compliment everyone he met in one day – a huge commitment. If this seems to be a step too far, how about aiming to compliment just 5 people today, and whilst in our own minds it may feel a little uncomfortable, think of how it lifts the spirits of the person receiving the compliment.
How to start making others feel better
Just try that today – whether you view the person as a leader, mentor, a teacher, or even someone you have never met before, just try complimenting them – it may seem a little weird or creepy to start with, but once you get into the swing of it, you may be surprised how you start to feel.
Who will benefit most?
As with all positive action, presents, gifts and benevolent actions, the receiver benefits, but the giver benefits the most, in that wonderful warm feeling – a sense of giving, a purpose of looking for good in others, rather than taking the easy route to find fault and criticise
How about staring off with person collecting for charity at your local store, or if you want a real challenge, the AA or RAC man ?
Make someone’s day – it’s not weird, it’s just being a caring compassionate person.