John Green once wrote: “The town was paper, but the memories were not.” We aren’t usually in the market of arguing with literary hero Green, but this time, he’s wrong.
She Reads have shared their roundup of incredible titles for you to read this 4th of July weekend! Strangers unite, families unravel, the past comes to haunt our heroines; what could be more USA?
The gargantuan book follows Leopold Bloom (among others) and takes place over a mere 24 hours on June 16th, and as such, today is Bloomsday!
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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David Baldacci is a bestselling American novelist, who has currently published 38 novels and sold over 130 million books worldwide. His novels are generally true crime/detective stories such as Absolute Power, The Innocent, Split Second, The Camel Club, and True Blue, but he’s also also published young adult novels! His books have been translated internationally into 45 different languages and, in addition to his popular writing, Baldacci is a devoted philanthropist who supports adult literacy across America.
Today is Baldacci’s birthday and we’re going to celebrate it by sharing these quotes straight from this acclaimed author’s writing!
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- “Why can’t people just sit and read books and be nice to each other?” – The Camel Club.
2. “Today might not be so good. But tomorrow, you get another chance to get it right.” Absolute Power.
3. “The human spirit was the strongest medicine on earth. And sometimes all it needed was a little encouragement to pull off a miracle.” – The Forgotten.
4. “You know what kind of person it takes to run for President? Not normal. They could start out okay, but by the time they reach that level they’ve sold their soul to the devil so many times and stomped the guts out of enough people that they are definitely not like you and me, not even close.” – Absolute Power.
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5. “As my father wrote, one’s courage, hope, and spirit can be severely tried by the happenstance of life. But as I learned on this Virginia mountain, so long as one never loses faith, it is impossible to ever truly be alone.” – Wish You Well.
6. “But if you don’t know where you want to go, I suppose any path will get you there.” – The Finisher.
7. “It’s not the beginning or the destination that counts. It’s the ride in between.” – The Christmas Train.
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8. “Because life doesn’t work that way. You can do everything perfectly. Do everything you think you’re supposed to be doing. Fulfill every expectation that other people may have. And you still won’t get the results you think you deserve. Life is crazy and maddening and often makes no sense.” – One Summer.
9. “Depending on the situation, sometimes you can know a person better in ten minutes than someone you have crossed paths with all your life.” – The Simple Truth.
10. “Time doesn’t really heal, it just makes you not to give a crap.” – Split Second.
What are some of your favorite Baldacci novels? Tell us in the comments and don’t forget to wish “Happy birthday!” to this fabulous author!
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