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March 1st: World Compliment Day

FrankFrank ModeratorPosts: 6,529 mod
You might not have known, but Sunday March 1st, it will be World Compliment Day. This is the day you can give extra compliments, appreciation and/or validation. It sounds obvious we give compliments to people when we appreciate them for who they are, for how they are dressed, or for what they do. However, we don’t always do that enough. We're eager to tell people when things go wrong, but often forget to mention when things go well. To make people more aware of this, Hans Poortvliet, the man I wrote Het Groot Complimentenboek (The Big Compliment Book) with, invented the Dutch National Compliment Day on march 1st.

This day was meant to make us more aware of peoples inborn need to be appreciated. On this day you could reflect upon the qualities you appreciate in others, where you didn’t compliment them for so far. You could also give extra attention to valuable tasks people perform, that seems obvious because they perform them every day. After the success of the National Compliment Day, Poortvliet created the World Compliment Day, the most positive day of the year, yearly on the first of march.

March 1st is just about consciously reflecting on what someone in your area does well and letting that person know he/she is sincerely appreciated for that. It should be done through words instead of gifts. "A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge," says Hans Poortvliet, recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands. "Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?" Read more...

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  • TeachTeach Your Teacher HomePosts: 9,728 mod
    That will have to go into the diary.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    Yes sure @Lynne!
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    This is such a great idea!! Thank you for sharing it with us Frank "sharing is caring".
    I love the way Hans Poortvilet think. This day is for sharing positivity and love.If people act this way in their everyday life the world would be a better place. It will be like a paradise!
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    Here you can subscribe yourself and support the idea by becoming an ambassador for your country @Nesrine: http://www.worldcomplimentday.info/register.php
  • [Deleted User][Deleted User] Posts: 0 ✭✭
    Ook. Let's be positive! :)
  • aprilapril Moderator Posts: 10,540 mod
    edited February 2015

    I wish I worked for Coca-Cola.

  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,043 mod
    A talking lift! Try this Scottish voice-operated lift...

  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    edited March 2015
    Today is World Compliment Day. How thoughtful of you to return to this page to post a few beautiful films about talking lifts @mheredge. I read that yesterday @Lynne taught @you how to set up groups and lists in Skype. I'm really curious about your future Skype sessions. I assume you can learn us very much of the English language, like all the bonus corrections you gave us. No matter if your second name is MOD or ✭✭✭✭✭, you'll remain to be our teacher anyhow.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,043 mod
    Learn us @Frank? :)

    I'm grappling with the vagaries of Nepal telecommunication problems at the moment. I'm off out into the hill on Saturday for ten days. I'm thinking that I might have to wait till I get back unless I can find some time on Friday - watch this space!
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    Sorry @mheredge ... teach us of course. I know learn us is wrong, but it feels so naturally because in my language we use the same word for teach and learn. When I don't pay enough attention, this fault is easily made.

    Enjoy your time; I'll wait patiently for your return - and watch this space!
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    If you have been Twittering about World Compliment Day, you can see the result here:
    http://complimentday.livewallstream.com/ If you haven't, you could be inspired by the compliments of others.
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    ...........and Super @Frank for patiently reading our terrible questions and correct them; for awesome images that he shares with us; for his keen observation where he encourages us to feel an important part of this forum and above all for his time that he gives to forum though I know that he is really busy person. This forum is blessed to have a great leader like you. :)
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,679 mod
    It's great to compliment people and be positive. I have done it several times today, and have tried seriously hard to give a compliment to each person I have met.
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    Thank you for your flattering and inspiring words @Bubbly.
    Great that you've been active giving compliments @GemmaRowlands.
    I think both the giving and the receiving of compliments give us a good feeling.
    As for me, I'm happy to give compliments to people and watch them enjoying the positive attention. At the same time, receiving well meant compliments feels like taking a warm bath.
  • TinkaTinka Posts: 799 ✭✭✭✭
    Wow, @Frank! The idea of the World Compliment Day is really great. I didn’t know it before but I like it. Thank you for sharing it with us and of course, thank you for your compliment. I appreciate your way of interacting with us, your creative style of thinking and playing, your generosity etc. Your ideas inspire me!
  • FrankFrank Moderator Posts: 6,529 mod
    Thank you @Tinka and welcome back!
  • GemmaRowlandsGemmaRowlands Moderator Posts: 8,679 mod
    @Frank I always think that it is better to give than receive, because I would much rather see someone else happy than to be happy myself!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @GemmaRowlands but if you are not happy how can you make others happy?
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,950 ✭✭✭✭✭
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe hilarious but what is its connection with "World Compliment Day?" :|
  • XanthippeXanthippe Posts: 1,950 ✭✭✭✭✭
    @Bubbly, 'flatter' in French does mean 'to compliment'. ;)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,043 mod
    In Nepal they're keen on appreciation awards or certificates.A friend was presented with a certificate a couple of days ago by the government for her outstanding work to help women. This didn't stop her from demonstrating at a rally yesterday for women's rights!
  • BubblyBubbly Nightingale Posts: 30,275 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    @Xanthippe but the English meaning of 'flatter' is a bit dangerous especially when it comes from the junior staff. :)
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,043 mod
    You're never too late for compliments @rodrigodutra! Good luck with your journey. :)
  • kindgnicekindgnice LEO Motivator!!! Posts: 7,927 mod
    Thanks for sharing this link @Frank! :)

    <img src="http://i.imgur.com/A5DuBIVl.jpg"; alt="" />
  • KhaliedKhalied EgyptPosts: 2,228 ✭✭✭✭✭
    The reasoning behind it makes sense. The initiative, in contrast to Valentine's Day, Secretaries' Day, and Mother and Father's Days, is not commercially oriented, so everyone can afford to participate. ‘World Compliment Day’ simply addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies its power.
  • mheredgemheredge Teacher Here and therePosts: 36,043 mod
    I think there can't be enough days to go round for this or that 'World whatever day'. I know I never knew there was a World Compliment Day before @Frank brought it to our attention. I think every day should be a compliment day.
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