Posted by: Admin | February 11, 2011

The value of a compliment

It sounds obvious, now I come to write it, but praise is a wonderful thing. Allow me to explain: I have entered a profession where I produce and sell something that is easier to sell than anything else I can think of. I sell people their own children. Or pets, or self confidence… As a consequence, I get instant feedback. And praise.

I don’t know about you, but I grew up at a time when children weren’t particularly praised, for fear of “spoiling” them by making them big-headed. So my inbuilt response to someone praising my work is to redden slightly, maybe even try to point out where it could be improved (I’m such a great business woman!).

Recently, though, I’ve noticed a change. Perhaps because I’ve been working so much, and everyone has been pleased with what I’ve done, I find that I’m less inclined to instantly mitigate compliments and am actually relaxing into it, allowing myself to enjoy the warm glow that a compliment evokes, if only you let it.

I don’t think I’m becoming big-headed, 😉 but even I can see that I’m improving all the time. If any of my lovely customers are reading this, then THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart. Your appreciation of what I do means so much to me, spurs me on to improve and experiment, and has made me very, very happy.

So, who’s up for a project50 challenge? It’s easy – just find someone to genuinely compliment every day for a week and watch their reaction. I guarantee you’ll up the happiness quotient of seven people!


  1. Ok, Ive taken your advice, heres my first go at a compliment. Thank you for all of our wonderful pictures, you are amazing xx Hopefully your smiling, these words are genuine and come from the heart x

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.

The Big Epic

Connecting with Nature - One Adventure at a Time

my world from the other side

travelling - changing - questioning - being me

Hollington Wood

Ancient Woodland. Sustainable Produce. Educational Amenity.

Three Wishes Books

A blog about books and publishing

Dyslexia Parents Guide

A parents journey into dyslexia

The Dream Shed: by Luke Thomas French

Stories for Children and Adults who Never Grew Up!

Hiking Photography

Beautiful photos of hiking and other outdoor adventures.


Just another site


Change your mind... change your reality

forcing myself happy

One day at a time...for 6 months! :/


Living Life with heART!

Bob Rhodes Photography

the photographic journey continues

kma postcards

the kmatourism blog

Steve McCurry's Blog

Steve's body of work spans conflicts, vanishing cultures, ancient traditions and contemporary culture alike - yet always retains the human element.

%d bloggers like this: