YES, COMPLIMENT WORKS!
Updated: Mar 22, 2019
“The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” William James
I wasn’t having a particularly good day. I missed my breakfast, left my charger in my room and finally got trapped in the traffic jam on my way to the office which proved to be the final nail in the coffin. I somehow hurried to my office grumpily. The workload was immense, and I had been stuck figuring out a tagline for one of our client brands. No matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t crack anything. Frustration was rising and so was my temper. Suddenly, someone tapped on my shoulder. It was my senior. He gave me a bright smile and said, ‘Hey Poorvi! I saw your blog and I must say, you’re doing a very fine job of documenting your life.’ Whoa. Anger disappeared. Frustration seemed like an alien word. Now I was beaming, and I looked back at my laptop with a renewed and rejuvenated mind. A few minutes ago, my mood was bad to the bone, but a nice pack of words has made the difference. This very thing triggered my mind to contemplate the importance of compliments in each one of our lives.
When was the last time someone gave you a compliment? Do you recall the way it made your day and made you feel appreciated? World Compliment Day (1st March 2019) is a time to share that feeling of well-being with all those around you. There is nothing better than knowing how you make a difference in other people’s lives and that what you do matters. This day was started by Hans Poortvliet, a recognition professional, in the Netherlands. It proves to be “The Most Positive Day in The World”- the only gifts you’re meant to give on this day are compliments, and they’re free. The compliment doesn’t need to be earth-shattering. The best, you can just let someone know that they have done a good job at work, or you like their outfit, or what an impact they have made in your life.
We, at Dramantram, tried to take a leaf out of Mr. Poortvliet’s diary and did something new from 1st March 2019. We tried to acknowledge and thank people who perform daily services for us. These people included bus drivers, cashiers at the coffee /tea shop or market, taxi drivers or even those we run into in the store. Service can sometimes be a rather thankless job and your smile and sincere thanks could mean the world to them! Also, simply offering colleagues a compliment or two can work wonders for relationships, self-confidence, and morale. It’s easy to compliment someone on their contribution, work ethic or even something seemingly insignificant, such as how tidy they keep their desk. A compliment can lead to many possibilities. It demonstrates and relays your respect, admiration, approval and many other emotions. Complimenting a colleague on a project or task that they’ve completed is a great way to inspire them to do even better next time. In today’s fast-paced world, taking the time to compliment those around us is an art. It is the art of creating positivity all around!
Dramantram (Pronounced as Dra-Mann-Tram) is a video production, communication design, digital marketing and a concept photography company that takes a human-centered, design-based approach to innovate, create and communicate. Our flexible approach works in tandem with creativity and innovation.