Today is, believe it or not, World Compliment Day, promoted as the most positive day in the world.

The day started off early in the 21st century in the Netherlands, where this year marks the 11th edition of Compliment Day. Since it’s inception, it has spread to Belgium and Norway, prompting the initiators of the day to re-brand it as an international event, calling it ‘World Compliment Day’.

What makes World Compliment Day ‘better’ than events like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or Secretaries’ Day, is that there’s no commercial connotation – the only gifts you’re meant to give on this day are compliments, and they’re free.

Giving a compliment is the verbal equivalent of giving someone a lovely bunch of flowers.(Ā© All Rights Reserved)
Giving a compliment is the verbal equivalent of giving someone a lovely bunch of flowers.
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The American psychologist William James said “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” It is this basic human need for recognition and appreciation that is the principle motivation behind Compliment Day. All that is asked of you is to identify something positive about every person you interact with on this day, and compliment them on it – simple as that.

In the words of World Compliment Day initiator Hans Poortvliet, “A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge. Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier and, as far as business is concerned, increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation. So why not use it a little bit more?”

The hashtag for the day is #complimentday. Go ahead, make someone’s day!


  1. A simple compliment really can make a person feel better about the world. When I do the school drop off in the morning it is not unusual to see a miserable face somewhere, after all, who really wants to go to school!

    If I notice a sad kid who I know I always make a point of having a chat and making a positive comment about something they did recently, it is amazing to see how their faces can brighten up, and it makes my day too šŸ™‚

  2. I’m celebrating an extended World Compliment Day, being that I’m nine days late with this: yours is a terrific blog, Gerry. Always enjoyable.

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