Celebrate National Compliment Day

Do you enjoy compliments?

Of course you do.

It is January 24 and this is what we asked you to guess.

National Compliment Day.

We read somewhere that Jan 24 is being celebrated as National Compliment Day – although, if you ask me, why do you need a special day to make someone feel good?

Let’s face it, humans crave to be appreciated. Be honest, if you took special care to dress today, wouldn’t you feel happy if people noticed and told you how great you look?

A compliment is an expression of praise (That style looks great on you! Your writing is beautiful!). It could also be words that encourage (Wow, I love how you handled that!) or congratulate (Congratulations on your achievement!)

“A compliment is verbal sunshine” – Robert Orben

But why should you compliment?

If that’s even a question, the answers would be:

  • Makes you feel good, lifts our spirits, motivates
  • Makes the receiver feel good
  • Helps you connect with others in a positive way
  • Strengthens relationships (yes, I have a friend who calls me when she feels low just to feel pepped up – she knows I’ll praise her for something)
  • Makes you feel less lonely
  • You’ll agree that everyone has something praise-worthy – you only have to look.

Like all other things in life, there’s etiquette for complimenting, too:

  • Be generous and most important, be sincere. There’s nothing worse than saying something you don’t mean.  If there is something you clearly don’t like, don’t fake the compliment.
  • Don’t go overboard with it – you come across as false.
  • Don’t compliment when you’d rather criticize!
  • When you receive a compliment, accept graciously. I used to have the lousy habit of looking very disbelieving when someone told me I was beautiful. Learning to accept a compliment with a smile and a “thank you” can be hard for some. But that’s the right thing to do And don’t disagree when you are offered a compliment!
  • Don’t feel obliged to reciprocate with a compliment when you receive one – unless appropriate!


What next?

Celebrate National Compliment Day – Go compliment your family, your friends, your coworkers.
Say something to them that you know will make them smile and feel good. Could be their smile, their clothes, their hair, their chai … You get the idea! Make their day!

And? Continue the practice on a daily basis and watch your life become better.

So here is what I want you to do today.

Write a post about the best compliment(s) you’ve received till date.

And link up here.

Then, go visit at least five blogs today and compliment them about something!

If you make five people smile today, that’s five good deeds. The more the merrier!

I think you are awesome!





Author: Corinne Rodrigues

Lover of words | Self-acceptance blogger | Instructional designer| Book Reviewer| Blog Coach

37 thoughts

  1. Sincerity is truly the best part of a compliment for me – it matters who it comes from and how sincere they are! Anything else makes me uncomfortable! 😛
    I love how easily you pull off these posts, Vidya. 🙂


  2. I think both of you ladies are awesome! Great way to celebrate today by showering compliments and gaining smiles 🙂 🙂
    Vidya lovely post…and really imp the last two points- accepting graciously and not reciprocating with a forced compliment!


  3. Let me start the celebration by complimenting two beautiful ladies I know who are the rock solid drivers of this wonderful blog… I love the passion and dedication you two share … and this being the compliment day..I need not hold myself expressing it full out without the fear of overdoing it.


  4. I think it’s a powerful initiative to strengthen the bond and spread cheers to make the world a better place. After all, a compliment makes us happy and it can make our day awesomely beautiful. A lil word of kindness has always boosted my mood no matter how down I am.


    1. Well put, Vishal! You are right – kindness costs nothing but is priceless!
      This is a good time to tell you how much I appreciate you Vishal. I love how you connect cheerfully with everyone. Thank you!


  5. I feel awkward when complimented and while complementing. I guess I need to change this attitude soon. The more you give, the more you get if everything. And this includes complementing. 🙂

    Vidya you can write superbly on any topic under the sun. I am in awe of you. Corinne, you know how much I appreciate everything you do. Love you both for the inspirations that you are. 🙂


  6. Vidya, I got to tell you this, you never fail to make me smile. I’ve been down and low..but you have always pepped me up. And Corinne, you too.. your encouragement has made me come out of my cocoon and write that elusive post, more than once. Some of the best things that happened to me last year, was due to Write Tribe. I am grateful to you two ladies for that. Keep spreading the smiles 🙂


  7. Excellent idea! I’m looking forward to generous doses of positivity from all those who respond. I will also respond with a post.
    Your ‘etiquette for complimenting’ should reach as many people as possible. So many of us don’t compliment some people who deserve compliments and/or give false/excessive compliments to some other people.


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