The Power of Words: National Compliment Day

It’s that time again! Today is National Compliment Day when you get to compliment the most important people in your life. But when did it all start? What are the rules? Well, I’m glad you asked.


History Behind the Compliments


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Kathy Chamberlin and Debby Hoffman became the unofficial creators of this national holiday on January 24th, 1998. What Chamberlin and Hoffman hoped to accomplish is to encourage people to inform others in our lives how much we appreciate them.



Giving compliments makes the other person feel special and will allow you to be happy by boosting your self-esteem and gain a new set of friends. “Research has shown that people tend to gravitate towards other positive people in both personal and professional settings”, according to website Time and Date. You never know if you could be the difference in someone’s day, so why not compliment them on National Compliment Day.


Rules to Complimenting


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Don’t be stingy with your compliments, give everyone an opportunity to feel appreciated. In order to give the best compliments, it is always best to find something that you admire about the person you want to compliment. It’s all about putting a smile on a face and uplifting someone’s spirits.



“Complimenting character versus a new haircut are different rewards. The first says you respect the person and the other tells them you paid attention. Sometimes the receiver needs to hear one or the other, or both.” – National Compliment Day

Be sincere. It is easy to tell when someone is being fake with you, so mean what you say, or risk people feeling like you just gave them “a thoughtless birthday gift.”


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