Mark Twain famously said that he could “live for two months on a good compliment,” and I totally agree. I had the pleasure of being around someone this week who emanates love. Not only does Kim love people, but she inspires others to love others more as well. She does this through a few mediums, but primarily through being authentically (and apologetically) herself, and through the way in which she showers compliments.
One type of compliment that Kim masters is the subtle compliment, the compliment that is so naturally built into conversation that you don’t even realize how it’s building you up. Kim is not hesitant to praise, or to tell someone how wonderful they look; when Kim believes in you, you feel empowered for months.
The most wonderful thing about compliments is that we can ALL give them; for those of us who want to be generous in love, this is the first place to start. Shower those around you with honesty. The moment you think something nice about someone, be sure to tell them; don’t assume that they already know it, for we are all fragile, insecure creatures and all need affirmation and praise. An honest compliment can change someone’s entire life. Give freely and generously and you will start changing the world one person at a time.