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You have a superpower that you might not know about: the power to make another person glow.
In fact, a study found that we underestimate how happy someone feels after they receive a compliment. As a happiness and well-being expert , I always remind people that these small acts of kindness have a big impact.
So channel your thoughtful side today and let people know that they matter to you. Here are nine little phrases you can say to instantly brighten someone’s day:
This compliment is often reserved for big achievements, like a promotion or graduation. But the people around you wake up every day and try their best to achieve their goals, make a positive impact and overcome challenges.
So don’t forget to celebrate other forms of effort, too:
Everyone has unique strengths, but might not know what they are. Studies have found that using your strengths is associated with living a happier life .
Show people what they’re best at so they’ll feel more confident by calling it out when you see it in action. And be as specific as you can.
A few examples:
One thing that’s guaranteed to make someone’s day: asking them to tell you more about their interests, feelings and experiences. Being listened to helps people to feel safe, supported and acknowledged.
Here are three ways to create space for others to open up:
People have a deep need to feel accepted and loved. It’s important to remind them that they’re wonderful — not just for what they do, but for who they are.
Reminding someone of their value can take many forms, like:
Expressions of gratitude start a positive upward cycle. A study found when you feel appreciated by your romantic partner, you also become more appreciative of them.
Gratitude even transforms work cultures by reducing uncivil behavior on teams.
A few words of appreciation can kickstart this change:
Having purpose in life is associated with greater life satisfaction and better health . Since finding purpose is a long-term goal that can take a career or a lifetime to fulfill, it’s easy for people to feel discouraged along the way.
Keep others motivated by reminding them of the good they’re doing now:
*Point out how their work accumulates to make a bigger impact on the world: “As a therapist, you’re helping to solve our society’s mental health crisis.”
Who has been inspiring you lately? Have you told them so? We tend to keep these feelings to ourselves, but imagine how much it would mean to someone to hear it:
Here’s a helpful script you can use:
We’ve all struggled with gaining confidence, especially when trying new things. What we need during those moments is something that psychologists call self-efficacy , or the belief that you can take on a challenge successfully.
Here’s how you can help boost it in others:
* Point out a recent win: “You did an incredible job presenting in yesterday’s meeting. I know you can do it again for this more senior audience.”
Think about someone who has had a great impact on your life, but who you never properly thanked. Maybe it was a teacher who helped you master a subject, or a mentor in your first job.
Give them a call, send them a note or visit them in person to express how their support changed your life.
Every time you give someone a compliment, there’s a bonus in store for you: It doesn’t just make the other person glow; it ends up making you glow, too.
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