Give: Receive By The Spirit — Take A Compliment!

GIVE … by the Spirit™ Guest Contributor — Grace Ste. Croix

Take a Compliment!

© 2011 Grace Ste. Croix

June 7, 2011

Compliments are few and far between. However, in the bustle of everyday life, when we do receive a compliment, we often brush it off. Was this praise genuine? Do we have time to observe, take in, and ultimately believe the kindness that another person has offered to share with us?  The answer is simple: make time, and learn how to take a compliment!

In general, we are quick to observe any negative comments or insinuations. Many of us brew and muster about negative criticism, but never take the time to absorb a compliment.

As we put ourselves on the back-burner, it is so important to really appreciate a good compliment. As any sort of praise is rare today, when someone does take the time to give us a compliment, in most cases it’s truly genuine. We should take a moment to think that we have changed, inspired, or even impressed another person. Pat yourself on the back, you deserve this compliment!

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”  ~Mark Twain

Compliments not only make our minds healthier, but our bodies as well. Compliments allow us to keep a positive attitude, which allows us to have more confidence and take more positive risks. If, for example, three months of working out and eating properly, a good friend notices you have lost weight and compliments you on your new toned look, you may just be more inclined to push your workouts to the next level, thus becoming that more healthy. Compliments definitely can be paid forward into other aspects of your life!

Take some time to observe some of the compliments you have received and thrive on the message behind them. Enjoy your good work, and while you are receiving this good news, make sure to pay forward a compliment to another!

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