The Secret

I think my friend Tara has superpowers. She’s one of those girls who everyone loves. She makes friends in a minute.

I watched her. And I’ve discovered the secret to her success. She makes people feel good about themselves. She’s quick with a compliment and gives a lot of them. She asks thoughtful questions and genuinely cares about the answer. She shows interest in everyone she encounters.

It sounds so simple! So, I’ve tried to mimic her style. I made it my goal to hand out more compliments. At work, when someone writes an especially good headline, instead of appreciating it myself, I take a minute to shoot the writer a e-mail and let them know. The response has made me feel so good!

The other day, I told a co-worker how much I appreciate the good work she does. She helped me out when I was in a bind. She replied that I made her day and that my words came at exactly the right moment because she was literally just feeling unappreciated.

I’ve still got work to do. I haven’t exactly stopped anyone on the bus or in the supermarket line to tell them I love their shoes. But I like this. I feel like a difference can be made. Has anyone ever told you you’ve made their day? What did you do?

Published by Candace

I’m a journalist, nutritionist, doting auntie, one-time bobsledder, and wannabe health nut (who loves chocolate and pizza too much to fully commit). I don't want you to think my life is perfect. It's not.

2 thoughts on “The Secret

  1. I have to say…nothing makes me smile like hearing someone compliment the shoes I’m wearing. 😉
    This post has totally inspired me. I’m going to make it my goal to give out 1 compliment or positive comment each day. I also think that just smiling at people goes a long way. At work we always comment on the people that never smile at anyone.

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