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World Compliment Day

January 24, 2020

Compliments – they are free, easy to give and receive, they make people happy and build trust. So give someone a compliment someone on January 24, Compliment Day.

This unofficial day was started in 1998 by Debby Hoffman and Kathy Chamberlin as a way “to tell the people in our lives how much we appreciate them.”

Sincerity is the Key

In the hustle bustle of our daily lives, it is easy to start taking our loved ones and people around us for granted. Compliment Day attempts to change that. It encourages people to make a conscious attempt to praise and acknowledge the little (and big) things others do for them.

Complimenting does not have to be intimidating or hard. For it to be sincere and sound heartfelt, it must come from the heart. To give a genuine compliment, experts suggest finding something that you admire about the person you want to compliment. It could be about a job well done, a skill that they have, a dress they have worn or something they have done recently to impress you.

What Goes Around, Comes Around

Compliments not only help spread joy, they also help create bonds. Research has shown that people tend to gravitate towards other positive people in both personal and professional settings. Appreciating others also creates an atmosphere of mutual admiration – praise someone genuinely once or twice, and you are bound to get a compliment or two back. The bottom line is this: giving compliments not only makes the other person happy, it can also make you happy, boost your self-esteem and help you make friends.

World Compliment Day

A similar holiday called World Compliment Day is celebrated every year on March 1. This holiday is also sometimes called International Compliments Day.

How to Celebrate?

  • While we believe that every day of the year should be Compliment Day, be extra complimentary on January 24.
  • Don’t be stingy about giving compliments. You don’t lose anything by appreciating a friend, co-worker or a family member.

Did You Know…

… that the word compliment is derived from the Latin, complere, which means to fill up?


January 24, 2020