Amy Rees Anderson

A Gift of 86,400 Seconds Today. Have you used one to say Thank You?

“God gave you a gift of 86,400 seconds today.  Have you used one to say ‘thank you?’”  ~William A. Ward

There are many ways to say “thank you” to others. One of those ways is to give people compliments. Someone once told me that holding in a compliment that someone else deserves is like buying them a gift and not giving it to them. It really made me stop and think about all the times I had thought a kind thought about a person but didn’t share it with them.

Whether it’s a small compliment like “cute outfit” or “nice smile”, or something bigger like “great job today” or “you did amazing”…whenever we have a kind thought about another come into our head we should express it! And for those who are too shy to say a compliment out loud, you can always give it in a text message or send it in a handwritten note. The point is that you find a way to give it!

“Silent gratitude isn’t much use to anyone.”  ~G.B. Stern

Here are some things you may not have known about the benefits of giving a compliment:

“When you go out of your way to say something nice and give thoughtful praise to another person, it amplifies your self-confidence and nourishes your self-esteem?

Telling someone that they have made a positive impact on your life, or that you admired the way they handled a situation, is a powerful gift. You reinforce their value in the world, while strengthening your relationship.

Compliments make other people feel good and make others want to be around you. In fact, giving compliments is a form of leadership and influence, because people love to be around positive people, and will be more likely to follow your example and listen to your ideas.

Compliments don’t just make others feel great. They also enhance our own self-confidence. Giving a genuine compliment requires us to look for the good in others. In doing so, we also start to see the good in ourselves. We realize that we are all on the same journey together and that each of us has value to share with the world.” (excerpt from article by Margaret Manning)

I love that!  And what time is better to amp up your compliments to others than the week of Thanksgiving!  What a great way to show that you are thankful to others for the good they bring into this world. And the best part is, it only takes a second. 🙂

~Amy Rees Anderson

 

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