Friday, February 11, 2011

the power of a compliment.

As I have gotten older, I've noticed how much of a difference a compliment or kind word can make in my day.
It's something we are taught in kindergarten.  It's something so small.  It's free.  It's easy to do.  And the power of it is invaluable.
Recently, I was having one of those days where I feel like I have nothing to wear (even though I have a closet full of clothes), my hair was frumpy, and I just wasn't feeling myself.  You know... right?  We all have those days where even with all of our effort, we just don't feel like we want to.

So during a small personal pouting session, I jumped on my computer.  I was looking through my comments and saw one from Katelyn at Just The Two of Us.  She wrote a simple compliment, but it changed my attitude about how I was feeling.

A lot of people in this world are thoughtful and don't hold back in dishing out the kind words.  I appreciate it so much, and I take it all to heart.  And I am learning to never hold back, either.

Lately, I have really been trying to make an effort to say how I feel to someone if it is positive.  At the grocery store, the gym, to the salesperson on the phone, writing a quick note to thank the waitress/waiter on the receipt... wherever.  I know how these small positive words make me feel.  Why not spread the cheer.

There are so many opportunities to make someone's day.  I'm trying to make it a daily ritual.


Happy Friday, my friends!!
{my mom, sisters & I are headed off on an adventure to celebrate my sister's 30th Birthday}

24 comments:

MJ said...

You are so right!! A simple compliment, a little happy, can completely make a person's day!!

Have fun on your adventures this weekend!!

JMB said...

Love this. Always so classy!
I try to exercise this as well - Walmart, the grocery store, shops in the mall, and restaurants....you choose to be as friendly/polite as you are.

Tell sister 30 is the new 21 :)
Have a great weekend with those 2 special ladies.

Elizabeth said...

Somethings it's the little things that make us happy! Thanks for sharing!

Kate said...

I couldn't agree with this blog more! I make an effort to compliment my girl friends when I see them (cute necklace, love the new hair-do, I want your shoes, etc). It does go a long way, but I need to make an effort to do it to strangers too. Thanks for reminding me to go out of my comfort zone for the sake of others :)

The Hill House said...

Definitely something we should all try a little harder to do. Thanks for this simple reminder. :) Have a great weekend!

MJW said...

I love that picture and my have to borrow it for my blog at somepoint :) Hope you are having a better day!

Kara said...

I just love your blog Tracy! It always comes as a great reminder of the things we SHOULD be doing, even on the days we don't feel like it. It always gives me a push in the right direction and gets my heart in the right place. xo

Mrs. Stethoscope said...

I love the new profile pic your hair looks great

Victoria said...

i agree with you 100%

Emily said...

Funny you write about such a thing... I was just feeling the same way the other day. My makeup was going all wrong, etc. and the sweetest girl came up to me and said, "I just love your eyeshadow and mascara today. You look soo pretty." I was like wow! And I know that she's not the kind to lie about such things either. :) Now I make sure to let people know if I like their dress or hair or smile, etc.

Oh, by the way, you have a gorgeous smile. No lie.

x

Rebekah said...

This is so true! One small, kind comment can go a LONG way!

Jocelyn said...

Love this post! It's so true about one small thing can make your day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Always love reading your blog!

Ashley said...

great post!! I love how I feel when complimented so I try to dish it out to others ESPECIALLY those who seem like they aren't having a stellar day =/ Smiles are always great too =)
Have an amazing weekend girl!

Megan said...

You just have NO idea how much I needed this today!! Thank you!!

Shelley said...

That is so true. Thanks for this post, it's a great reminder. I have a little sign in my guest bathroom that says "Never underestimate the power of a kind word or deed."

Lisa said...

YOU ARE SO RIGHT! I love this. I wish more people were as quick to make a nice comment as they are to be mean. Spread the LOVE! Happy Weekend to yOU!

Jules said...

I could not agree more! Spreading the love, especially when it’s genuine means so much. I was always taught to try to be positive and caring. I even find myself giving complete strangers compliments if they’re wearing a cute bracelet or something.

Have a great time celebrating your sister's birthday!

Jasmine said...

This is so true. What an inspiring post! ;)

Michelle said...

I agree 100%. Something we should all do! Thanks for sharing this today :)

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

You are so right and those little words can impact someone at JUST the right time!

Missy said...

I love this post! Thanks for sharing x I’ve just come across your blog and I love it! Will be stopping by from now on x

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BC said...

Hey! I am a new follower and I just love your new post! A kind word does go a LONG way! :)

OceanDreams said...

Well put girl, LOVE your positive attitude, I too try to cheer people up with a positive comment. Glad someone was able to cheer yours up too. Hope you have a great V-Day tomorrow.

Carol {Everyday Delights} said...

I could not agree more - love this!