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The Power of Compliments!

How do you feel when someone pays you a sincere compliment? Feels good, right? There is such positive power in giving sincere compliments.

When you give a nice compliment to someone, it provides a positive feeling for the recipient and you! You can feel grateful and experience a happy boost! We all need to feel appreciated. Giving compliments to coworkers, significant others, children, neighbors, and sometimes even strangers (when appropriate) spreads positivity both to the receiver and the giver. And, compliments boost brain power, too! It’s scientifically proven that giving compliments and praise increases dopamine, a neurotransmitter produced by the brain. When dopamine is increased, it sends positive, uplifting messages to the brain that in turn helps us feel better, be more productive and can help us achieve our goals and dreams. Amazing, huh? 
You never know how even a small compliment can make someone’s day. The important thing is to be sincere, not fake. Research shows that giving compliments can help increase happiness, work performance and positivity in relationships. For example, instead of saying, “You’re smart,” to your child, you could say, “You’re very good at your times tables.” Or instead of, “You’re nice,” try something like, “I noticed you sitting with Grandma when she was alone. That was very kind of you.”

The same holds true for giving compliments to adults. You could say to a cashier, “You are so upbeat and pleasant even though it’s very busy in the store” or to a friend, “I love your sense of humor” or to a coworker, “It means so much that you took the time to help me with this project.”

You get the idea! Be specific. Be sincere. And look for ways to compliment others every day. Simple compliments, kind words and showing appreciation for others can help inspire people to be the best they can be!

Spread kindness and compliments today!
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Wise Words:

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
- Mark Twain

“Let others see the good that you see in them.”
- Margaret Manning

“Never underestimate the power of good morning texts, apologies and random compliments.”
- Unknown

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
-Steve Maraboli

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with heart.”
- Helen Keller 

Wellsville Rockin’ Recipe - Sunshine Citrus Salad

  • 2 tangerines
  • 1 pink grapefruit
  • 1 navel orange
  • ½ small red onion, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon honey
  • Lime or lemon juice to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly chopped tarragon or a pinch dried (optional)

Directions: Peel citrus, removing as much pith as possible, and slice into wheels. Remove any pits, layer fruit on a serving dish and garnish with chopped onion. Whisk together olive oil, vinegar, honey, lime juice and tarragon until well combined; taste, adjust seasoning as needed and drizzle over salad.

Serves 4.

Per serving: 164 calories; 10 g. fat; 1 g. protein; 5 g. fiber; 22 g. carbohydrates

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