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National Compliment Day

Spread positivity and boost self-confidence - celebrate National Compliment Day with your friends, family, and colleagues!
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Celebrate National Compliment Day on January 24 and let your loved ones know how much you appreciate them! This day was created to recognize the power of a kind word, and remind us all of how important it is to spread positivity. Even in times when things may seem bleak, we can always count on compliments - big or small - to make someone's day just a bit brighter.

History of National Compliment Day

National Compliment Day Dates

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<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Compliment Day Creation</div><div class='timeline-text'>Debbie Hoffman, a motivational speaker, and Kathy Chamberlin from Hopkinton, NH, created National Compliment Day to spread positivity and brighten people's day.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2004</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Recognition Grows</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Compliment Day started gaining attention from schools and organizations as a day to celebrate positivity and appreciation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Social Media Influence</div><div class='timeline-text'>The advent of social media gave National Compliment Day another platform to gain popularity, allowing people worldwide to engage.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Global Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Compliment Day started receiving global recognition, with people celebrating in various countries worldwide.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2020</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Celebration Amid Pandemic</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the COVID-19 pandemic, National Compliment Day played an crucial role in spreading positivity and upliftment during tough times.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Compliment Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Write a handwritten note</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take the time to write a special note of appreciation for someone close to you.  Let them know how much you appreciate them and what it is about them that you admire.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Give compliments freely</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make it a point to give genuine compliments to people around you.  It could be a stranger on the street, or someone in your office, or even your family members.  Compliments can have a huge impact on people's day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Post positive messages</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share a positive message on social media and encourage others to do the same.  You can also tag friends and challenge them to share their own positive messages with the world.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send an email</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Send an email of appreciation to someone who has made a difference in your life recently. Acknowledge their efforts and let them know how much they are appreciated.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host a “Compliment Party”</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Invite your friends over and make it a night of giving sincere compliments to each other!  Play some games like “compliment roulette” - where everyone takes turns delivering compliments to one another.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Compliment Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It boosts morale</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Giving and receiving compliments is a great way to lift up those around us and boost our confidence. It's especially important in today's world, where people are working apart from each other and may not have as much interaction or support as they normally would. By sending meaningful compliments, we can help bring joy and positivity back into the workplace!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It encourages kindness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>On National Compliment Day, we can show how important it is to be kind and caring towards one another. Words of affirmation are powerful, and we can use them to create positive energy that will spread around us like wildfire. What better way to brighten someone’s day than with a sincere compliment?</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It builds relationships</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Complimenting someone sends the message that you appreciate who they are and that you value your relationship with them. Even something as simple as telling someone they did a good job on a project can go a long way in establishing trust between people and strengthen their bond.</p></div></div>

5 Facts About the Psychology of Compliments

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compliments Activate Same Area of the Brain as Receiving Cash</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to research from the National Institutes of Health, receiving a compliment triggers the same area of the brain (the striatum) that is activated by receiving cash, highlighting its powerful positive effects.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compliments Can Boost Performance</h3><p class='facts-content'>A study from National Institute for Physiological Sciences found that when we receive compliments, it can enhance our motor skills and improve overall performance on tasks.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compliments Encourage Positive Behavior</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research has found that receiving compliments can promote positive behavior change, building stronger interpersonal relationships and fostering positive social interactions.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Giving Compliments Can Improve Your Own Mood</h3><p class='facts-content'>Research indicates that giving compliments can make you feel happier and more positive. It helps to boost your own self-esteem and sense of empathy.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Compliments Can Strengthen Relationships</h3><p class='facts-content'>Regularly expressing appreciation and delivering compliments can strengthen both personal and professional relationships, by promoting trust and improving communication.</p></div></div>

National Compliment Day FAQs

When is National Compliment Day?

National Compliment Day is celebrated on January 24 every year. In 2024 National Compliment Day will occur on a Wednesday.

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