Give A Compliment, Get A Compliment

If you haven’t watched this video, do so, and see if warm tinglies don’t creep from your heart up to your smile muscles. Who knows, you might even cry.

The concept is so simple. Give a compliment, get a compliment.

  • 1 phone booth
  • 1 giant pair of Beats by Dre
  • 2 curious passers-by

I love how, when the opportunity presented itself, these people happily derailed their plans to take a moment and share spontaneous words of appreciation. The statements were so raw, and that’s what made them fantastic.

“The compliment I want to give you today, that I’ve never said to you before, is your awareness of other people and how nice you are to everyone in the room.”

A teary-eyed father opened up to his son for the first time. Life-long friends exchanged compliments that neither had ever heard.

It’s obvious, based on the relationships, that these people had hundreds of opportunities before this day to share their feelings, and perhaps they had in some capacity, but it wasn’t until they were provided with this platform that they opened their hearts on such a deep level.

They needed a push.

I think we all do. It seems many of us go through life assuming our loved ones know how we feel. It’s funny, we enjoy feeling appreciated and valued by others, and we know the power of one word spoken in love, yet we forget that those around us crave the same things.

Not only that, compliments can be awkward, both on the giving and receiving end.

So we wait for birthdays, or retirement parties.

We wait for funerals.

This is at once beautiful and tragic. A person stands over an open casket and shares a detailed list of everything they cherish about the newly deceased.

How touching, how inspiring to the gathered mourners, and how completely worthless to the one in the box.

They can’t hear the words. They can’t feel the love. There was a time when the remarks would have moved them to the core, but that time passed with them.

So, who has had a profound effect on your life? Who has inspired or encouraged you? Are they friends? Family members? Leaders or teachers?

Tell them. Today.

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. – Mother Teresa

Don’t wait for the right moment or assume they already know or don’t care. Chances are you will never stumble upon a street corner compliment stand like the people in the video. But that’s OK. Consider this your push.

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