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Why We Should Each Give More Compliments

Why Giving Compliments Is Good for Everyone, How to Spread Kindness // the modern savvy

The state of the world has me pretty kind of yuck.

Regardless of who you voted for, there’s been so much muck out there that wherever I turn it feels like I hear complaining.

TV = complaining (whether it’s the news… or The Bachelor).

Facebook = complaining.

Home = kids complaining.

No matter how optimistic a girl is, there’s no way that doesn’t start to eat at you.

So I decided if I wanted to see change in the world, I’ll start one tiny task at a time.

Yes, sure, I volunteer. We donate to causes we believe in. We aim to teach our children to be good citizens, but I have felt compelled to go outside our circles.

What if we showed more kindness to those around us?

So two weeks ago I started giving at least one compliment each day to a complete stranger.

Think about how much joy a sincere compliment from a stranger gives you. Not someone you know or your mom (love you mom!), just someone who is near you and couldn’t help but say something kind?

Man, it makes me blush just thinking about the joy that spreads throughout my body.

What goes around comes around, right?

A few weeks ago the gal at Dunkin Donuts looked like she was working her ass off. She also had the best smile, so I said so. I swear she got so giggly and cute and appreciative it was like I was given a gift. For the next few minutes while I was in the store, I could hear her nearly giddy, and you could see her joy and her entire facial expression change.

Selfishly, I wanted to do more. The next day, I complimented a girl who had the cutest freaking scarf with pineapples on it.  Her face beamed.

Each day, I encourage you to spread kindness. This is my way. It doesn’t have to be yours but it’s a good start. It’s free to do so, makes others feel good, and builds good will and kindness one person at a time.

Women can be tough on each other.

Really tough.

But we can also be each other’s biggest advocates and a source of light when we feel lost in the dark.

(ps: LOVE this article about how to give a meaningful, empowering compliment!)

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    laura
    March 11, 2017 at 1:17 PM

    So funny — literally since the day after the election I have dedicated myself to giving at least one stranger a compliment per day, as well. I swear by it. It is a tiny little thing I can do to create some joy out there. Can you imagine how much happier the world would be if EVERYONE did this? xx

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    Heidi
    March 10, 2017 at 3:23 PM

    This is such a great idea and so easy to do. Keep it up girl, you are an inspiration! And we need all the positivity we can get.

    Heidi || Wishes & Reality

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      Alyson
      March 10, 2017 at 7:31 PM

      Thanks, Heidi, and absolutely… a little positivity goes a long way!

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    Shayna
    March 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM

    I once read that the greatest compliment you can get is from a stranger. I think about this all of the time and compliment strangers often. You never know when you’re making someone’s day; why not give it a shot?!
    Great post!

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      Alyson
      March 10, 2017 at 7:31 PM

      That’s so true, Shayna! I love hearing that. Thanks for commenting!

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    Shira
    March 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    Love this! I always like giving people compliments throughout the day- like why the hell not?

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      Alyson
      March 10, 2017 at 7:31 PM

      haha, right Shira? It’s so true!

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    Jackie
    March 10, 2017 at 6:28 AM

    This is great! We need to lift each other up!

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