Have you ever noticed how you feel when someone pays you a genuine compliment? Most of the time it makes you feel a little better, doesn’t it? Most of us know someone that lifts the people around them. They tend to be optimistic, quick to give praise, real genuine people. Then we all know people who are almost always down, complaining about something, almost never a kind word. I am being somewhat sterotypical, but we know people who lift others and those who bring people down. If you are struggling with negative emotions, make a point to find and spend time with people who are happy and feel good. I don’t want encourage being judgmental or critical of others, but limit time with those who bring you down. And work on being someone who lifts others. Give praise, it doesn’t cost you anything to say a kind word to someone else. My teenage daughter Anne loves to complement complete strangers. She will often complement a women’s hair as she is walking by, “Hey, I like the way you have done your hair!” Or she may say, “That dress looks really good on you.” And then she just keeps on walking. It always catches people a little off guard, but it also puts a smile on their face that a stranger just paid them a compliment. It brings joy to my daughter to do this, it puts a smile on the face of the other person; that’s a win-win. Why not be more like that, you have nothing to loose, and if you are feeling down, it could bring you out of depression or other negative emotions. What you send out will come back to you!
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