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The Power of Kind Words

The Power of Kind WordsIt was Mark Twain who said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  There is big value in kind words such as those that are used when giving sincere compliments or expressing gratitude. 

Compliments and expressions of gratitude have a mood-lifting effect and contribute to well-being, whether you are on the receiving end or on the giving end.

Unfortunately, the gifts of compliments and gratitude are often left un-given.  Why?  Most often it is because doubt has crept in. 

We become overly concerned about our ability to “do a good job” of giving compliments and expressing gratitude, and based on that, we decide to not say anything.  What would have benefited everyone is left unsaid.

Morale is boosted when compliments are given and gratitude is expressed.  People feel they are valued when gratitude and appreciation are expressed to them.  Compliments are a form of positive feedback which can soften or repair the negative impact of stress. 

The sincerity and warmth behind the compliment or expression of gratitude is far more important than the smooth delivery of them. 

If you’ve got something nice to say, say it.  Never underestimate the power of kind words. 

Based on “A Simple Compliment Can Make a Big Difference,” Erica Boothby, Xuan Zhao, Vanessa Bohns, Harvard Business Review, 2.24.21. 

Photo Source: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/expressions-thanks-thank-you-1314687/ (downloaded 3/29/21)

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