The Power of Compliments

“When you learn how much you’re worth, you’ll stop giving people discounts.” — Unknown

Double Rainbow
Double Rainbow

My boyfriend and I went to the mall a few weeks ago. We went into the Apple store and I was staring out into space while he was talking with one of the associates. There were two of them standing at the front checking people in. I got lost in the video that played on the back wall until the other associate broke my concentration on the screen by saying she loved my purse. But it didn’t stop there.

I smiled when she mentioned she loved my beige Kate Spade bag hanging off my left shoulder. I hadn’t put much effort into how I looked that day since we were just swinging by the mall for Cory to pick something up. I was wearing a lilac colored t-shirt with a light blue pair of jeans and some slip on white Vans. She went on to compliment my whole outfit and how all the colors just matched really well.

I was surprised by her unexpected kindness and said, “Thank you. That means a lot, especially because I don’t feel like I was trying that hard today.” We both laughed and she added, “It’s effortless then!” It felt amazing to have another person compliment me when I wasn’t expecting it. I was feeling slightly indifferent that day, so the little bit of recognition was a boost for me.

It was so uplifting and I think we forget the magnitude that positive compliments can have, especially given that some people really need to hear them sometimes. It’s a small act that can have a great impact. The tiniest compliment could be the biggest boost or push a person needs to get them that much closer to their next goal. Or just put a smile on their face. After all, spreading kindness doesn’t take a lot of effort. It’s the little things that create the big things.

This can usually start a compliment train, which puts one person in a good mood and makes them want to share that same positivity with other people. It’s a beautiful thing much like the double rainbow 🌈. It’s a symbol of transformation and good fortune in eastern culture, and I believe compliments have the power to transform us.

The next time you have a positive thought, share it with someone and keep sharing. We have too many negative, unhappy, and harsh things happening in this world. We should take advantage of the good times and spread them as much as we can to overcome the negative.

Thank you to the girl in the Apple store. You made my day and just know that you’re doing great things when you spread that kindness to other people. ☺️

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