Complimenting Others Can Make Us Feel Closer To Each Other

Chloe Tejada

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Today’s habit: Compliment others.

What it is: My husband does a lot for our family. He cooks dinner almost every night for us and our toddler, he walks the dog every morning and night, he cleans, does laundry, goes grocery shopping, washes the dishes, and he even buys me gift certificates to the spa so I can get a facial. He’s amazing, and I don’t compliment him enough.

I’m not saying I think I should compliment him for everything he does; I shouldn’t have to thank someone for doing their share of the housework or reading our kid a bedtime story; that’s called being a partner and parent. But I know running a household and being a parent can be thankless jobs, and I appreciate it when he compliments me when I make a delicious meal for our family, or for when I put a bit of effort into how I look.

But, just as it’s important to receive compliments, handing out compliments can benefit us, too.

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How it can help:

People love being complimented; we can’t help it! Whether it be for wearing something cute, doing a great job at work, being a good friend, organizing and cooking a good meal, or completing a gruelling workout, we love being appreciated because it makes us feel valued and seen. 

Research shows that people who get compliments are more likely to perform better at a given task (ie. If your boss tells you that you did a great job working on that Power Point presentation, you’re going to do even better on the next project), and they can increase satisfaction in...

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