Wednesday, July 26, 2017


It is a great mistake for men to give up paying compliments, for when they give up saying what is charming, they give up thinking what is charming.
~Oscar Wilde

Thinking about compliments this Wellness Wednesday. My daughters had a music teacher who would only give praise when the people he was complimenting were not present. He would brag about something they had done (to people who didn't necessarily want to hear it), but in person, not so much. This fellow did not have the hang of how to give compliments.

We may be better at it than the above-mentioned teacher, but compliments can still be tricky to navigate. I find that many of us take criticisms to heart much more than we savor compliments. There's work to be done!

* An article about the giving and accepting of compliments
* How to give and receive compliments assertively
* Teach students to give and receive compliments
* More compliments (an old post of mine)

Geez, I know I say this all the time, but tissue alert!

One last German proverb:
What flatterers say, try to make true.

1 comment:

HWY said...

Wonderful videos and great food for thought.

I also think that humility gets in the way a lot when receiving a compliment. The "thank you" response is a really good beginning. (I like "aw, shucks" as well, :-)