I don’t know about you, but I love receiving emails that tell me I’m doing a great job or that the presentation I gave was well-received. An electronic pat on the back is one that you can keep and refer to over and over again.
Something else I enjoy is when I’m able to do the same and send kind words to someone else. Why is kindness so important? Let’s look at a few reasons:
- Compliments help build self-esteem. Sure, I know that I work hard every day, but hearing it from someone else once in a while definitely makes me feel appreciated and that my work is valued.
- Compliments improve our performance. If someone tells you that you’re doing something right—you’ll continue doing it. Or, you’ll think of an even better way to do it. Whether we realize it or not, a compliment feeds our drive to improve.
- Acts of kindness make everyone feel great. Giving compliments, helping someone when they need a hand or even volunteering for a good cause all make us feel good, and make the recipient feel good, too.
Why is this important? Well, if you’re happier, you’re more likely to be productive and have a positive attitude. Have you ever heard the saying, “Laughter is the best medicine”? I believe it. And, since laughter and happiness seem to go hand-in-hand, happiness can’t be bad for your health, either, right?
Here’s a video I came across awhile ago that shows what one act of kindness can do. It gets me every time:
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