A compliment is an effective way to make other people feel happy. And it doesn't cost you a thing.
MORE IDEAS FROM Why we don't dole out many compliments – but should
Receiving sincere and well-expressed compliments can feel very good. But our anxiety about how others may perceive our words can stop us from giving compliments as we don't want to come across as patronising or flattering.
Yet, studies show that our fears of giving and receiving compliments are unfounded. Letting go of that reluctance can improve our relationships with our friends, family members and colleagues.
Several studies show that participants underestimated how happy another person would be to hear praise and overestimated how cringe-worthy they would find the exchange.
Many people squirm in their seats when someone's compliment catches them off guard.
A study of more than 400 people showed that 70% associated receiving a compliment with feelings of embarrassment or discomfort.
Mindfulness has various mental and psychological benefits like increased concentration, better memory, better self-control and a decrease in emotional reactiveness, allowing us to handle our problems in a calm manner.
However, the focus of a mindful person is inward, and that can translate into increased egotism and selfishness in some people.
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