You get a trendy haircut and you know you are looking fab. You go flaunting it to your workplace, bracing yourself to be complimented left, right and centre, and no one says a thing. Forget paying you a compliment, they don’t even seem to notice that you have had a haircut.
Or picture this. You prepare a lavish meal for you family, complete with three varieties of dessert and not even one family member praises a dish. They eat their fill, burp and leave the soiled plates for you to pick and clean.
How would you feel? Terrible. Right?
Being praised is such a morale booster. It makes you feel so good that you start seeing the world through rose-coloured glasses; at least for a few minutes. Or may be a couple of hours. Or the entire day if the compliment was that good.
Of course, we do some things because they make us feel happy. Whether someone says nice things about it or not is secondary. But if someone says they don’t need to be told how good, beautiful or talented they are, then they are lying through their teeth. We all yearn for appreciation and it is really motivating too.
So what prompted this post, you ask me. One of my colleagues forwarded me a mail sent by a client, appreciating the work I had done. It gave me an instant high. I had enjoyed working on that particular project and so I know the client really meant what he said. The mail made my day!
The moral of this post is, give credit where it’s due. Don’t think what the other person would think. Behind that tight-lip attitude and dismissive wave of the hand would be a heart that’s dancing up and down at your remark.
So go ahead, warm the cockles of everyone’s hearts with a heartfelt comment. The world would be such a beautiful place if we could express our appreciation and gratitude sincerely. J
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