Life tip #8: Give compliments

Happy Monday to you! I remember in high school there were some days I would walk into school and join my friends and someone would say “I love your shirt, Eva!” and it would absolutely make my day. Compliments are something that never get old. Everyone loves them (sometimes secretly), especially if they are genuine and in good spirit. I’ve even heard girls say they like when they get whistled at on the street. Compliments also help us be our better selves. If someone gives you a compliment, you may be more inclined to dress better, style your hair, try new things, etc. Some of the best compliments are the ones that you don’t have control over; I love when people tell me I have pretty eyes! And don’t leave yourself out! I’ve read countless times that positive thoughts about oneself make a person happier. The next time you feel that you look especially nice, say it out loud rather than pinpointing your flaws.

Small world that this is, the day after I thought of this as a life tip, Oh, My Darling wrote a post about giving people more compliments and a challenge from Just Putting It Out There… to give compliments to complete strangers. I would absolutely love to participate, but stopping random people on the street and talking to them in English when they most likely don’t know English may cause more trouble than good. Maybe my challenge will be to learn the German words for “I like your shirt/dress/jacket/etc.” It’s a fantastic challenge and I’d love to take part once I’m in a place where I feel comfortable using the language. Go make someone’s day!

I don’t mean to be cheesy at all, but it’s about time I tell you (yes, you, reading this right now) that you are absolutely amazing for reading this post and Four Leaf Clover! Thank you!

  • Ashley

    Your fabulous, Eva! Darling post!!

  • Gloria

    love this life tip! it’s such a simple way to send out positive energy :-) you rock, eva!

  • Misty :)

    Aww, Eva! I love you!!! Compliments ARE amazing!! And you know whats kind of amusing? You posted this as a life tip for today, well, I met Rich for lunch and you know how he is about giving compliments….well!! He actually complimented today and told me I looked really pretty!! It made my day!! You are absolutely right that one compliment can make someone so happy!!! Sooo…since I’ve been lacking in the compliments lately (especially on fb and all our pictures) I will tell you how I feel about you on here :D

    You, my dear, are an amazing friend! I love you and I am so happy that we have been able to be friends for as long as we have!! And we will be friends for years and years to come!! You DO have beautiful eyes! I am quite jealous :) You blog is wonderfully amazing!! And I am so happy that I am able to look at it a lot more now!!! You are just a wonderful person and so unique! Which is definitely a good thing :) Ahhh!!! There are so many things I wanna say, but I think I will maybe postone them and surprise you with random compliments on your wall :) I love you and I miss you!! I can’t wait for our skype date tomorrow!! Have a marvelous day today! And terrific morning tomorrow!!!

  • Rachael

    Great ideas!
    And I love the part about complimenting yourself! I mean, why not right?
    And thank YOU Eva, for writing this post!

  • Kayla @ Exquisite Banana

    Oh Eva, I love you for writing this post! I’m a big proponent of random-but-genuine-compliment-giving: I love seeing how it can uplift someone’s mood and brighten a day.

  • Eva

    You are all so unbelievably wonderful! Every single comment here has brought a silly grin to my face. Thank you for making my day again and again today!

  • Amy @ Crooked Stove Top

    What a sweet idea!!!

  • viv @ the eclectic life

    Eva, I’m a total advocate of genuine compliments. Whether to your best friend, husband, or that stranger walking down the street! I hope you get the opportunity to tell a stranger sometime and I hope they understand English! Thanks for encouraging us to spread kindness in this way!

  • Gabriella

    I loved this post. It’s true–if you admire something, anything, about someone, why not tell them instead of keeping it to yourself? I will be spreading the love today, thanks to you.

  • Krystal/Village

    I love this post! I think everyone needs this reminder sometimes :)

  • Eva

    I love how eager all of YOU are to spreading the love to friends and complete strangers alike! This is one of those things that makes both you and the receiver feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :)