“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.”
Are you ready for World Compliment Day on March 1st? 🙂
World Compliment Day is a wonderful global initiative to create “the most positive day in the world.” Sounds lovely, doesn’t it?
The reasoning behind it makes sense. The initiative, in contrast to Valentine’s Day, Secretaries’ Day, and Mother and Father’s Days, is not commercially oriented, so everyone can afford to participate. ‘World Compliment Day’ simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies its power.
March 1st is just about consciously reflecting on what someone in your area does well and letting that person know he/she is sincerely appreciated for that. It should be done through words instead of gifts. “A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge,” says Hans Poortvliet, recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands. “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?”
I don’t know about you, but sometimes a kind word from someone can totally turn my day around. I’m sure we have all had an experience where someone has uplifted their day by a simple comment or acknowledgement. We can get caught up in life and forget to remember the small (or big!) things that people do for us. Why not show some appreciation and make someone’s day? 😉
If on March 1st every person pays at least three people in his/her environment or (social) network a genuine and sincere compliment we will definitely create the Most Positive Day in the World!”