I recently came across a powerful quote that really resonated with me. I completely felt as though the words could have passed through my own lips at one point and possibly have in different ways and in small bits and pieces over the years. I never put them together so clearly and concise as she has though…
“People wonder why I give so compliments out to strangers. I am not being fake and I’m not looking for people to like me. But if I pass someone and I like something, I say it. “Love those shoes!” or “Great hair!” or “Wow your eyes are beautiful!”…why? Because life is hard and this world can be a shitty place…and people are mean. You never know how much those few words mean to someone, you never know what the hell they may be going through; and when you put positivity out there in the universe YOU yourself become a happier person. It’s hard to be nice and be miserable yourself. It’ll reflect from the outside in…I’m telling you random compliment giving will change your life; and maybe someone else’s too.” – Jordan Sarah Weatherhead
I cannot express how much I agree with these words and this simple yet brilliant idea of creating happiness and beauty in the world. For others and for ourselves.
However, I also realized that somewhere, somehow along the way I lost a bit of this part of me. I used to practice random compliment giving far more often than do I now. Don’t get me wrong, I still do it, but not nearly enough and this quote made me remember how good it made me feel to do, and honestly how I was a much lighter and happier person.
I am resolving to change that. It is such a simple, kind thing to do and truly does have positive effects on people’s lives. Sometimes even just passing on a smile helps. I cannot say how many times I have genuinely passed on a compliment and noticed how quickly it can change the demeanor or mood of the person receiving it and how it made me feel good too!
If more of us practiced random compliment giving or small acts of kindness perhaps we can create a far more positive energy in the world. I know how it may seem small or insignificant, but I can’t help conjuring up the image of how a small pebble creates so many ripples when falling into a body of water. We can all use more positivity and light in our lives. Especially, with so many issues, problems, and stress that can plagues our days and nights.
Just as this brilliant teen started a social experiment in which she told people they were beautiful and captured the impact on video we should start our own small ones too. Start practicing random compliment giving.
Instead of living out of fear we should share the good, no? It really isn’t that hard and honestly if it makes everyone involved feel good, that is a wonderful thing.
So, just in case you haven’t heard it today – “YOU are beautiful.”