Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, a honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring. All of which have the potential to turn a life around.
With the help from a few friends, we went around Hong Kong asking people the best compliments they ever received. Their answers were phenomenal.
Sue Curtis, 33 (Entrepreneur) – After working late for a few nights on a project, my husband came to me and said, “I need your help with something.” Then, with a moment of silence, he added, “ I need you for everything.” I couldn’t help but burst into tears after hearing that.
Julie, (Receptionist) – One of my friends in high school wrote me a note that said, “People like you make me want to be a better person.” I had issues with anxiety and depression since high school, but I never told anyone outside of my family about it.
With a terrible self-esteem, reading that note was a huge deal to me. By the way, I still have the note with me now! Want to see?
Liza, 29 (Photographer) – I had a random guy in Hong Kong once stop me in the street to tell me I was the most gorgeous woman he’d ever seen. I blushed and mumbled ‘thanks’ and stammered like a little girl, and he just smiled at me and kept on walking.
Amanda Lee, (Artist) – My boyfriend and I were in bed one night just talking and laughing. He said something, I forget what, but it was so funny I laughed in that loud, uncontrollable, throw-your-head-back kind of way. I was still laughing, and as I turned back to him, he said: ” I wish I could make you laugh like that more often. You’re beautiful all the time, but when you smile like that, I swear my world stops.” Laughter to tears in 2.6 seconds.
Patti Heckman, 40 (Professor) – Ever since I was little, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher. Fast forward 20 years, one day a first-grade students of mine came to me and said, “ Mrs. Heckman, you have a special spell that makes me love books. ” Tears came to my eyes because I knew I had accomplished my childhood goal.
Mayling, 31 – ”Honest and unique compliments. As a girl, you get a lot of generic ones, such as, “You are very pretty.” It’s nice to hear, but if you go to enough bars, you hear it a lot.
–The first night I met my ex, we were casually talking outside a bar and he interrupted me to say, ” You have a freckle on your neck. Did you know that? It’s rather cute.” I blushed right away. It was so unexpected and unique, yet showed he had been discreetly checking me out. I found it incredibly endearing.
Enoch, 20 (Student) – It was when God told me ”I matter to him”. I always thought I was a no body. I realize I am special and unique. It ended up giving me a lasting meaning and purpose. I no longer live for myself, but for God.
Isaac (Journalist) – “A friend once told me that I ‘didn’t have a comfort zone,’ and I always took this to mean that it was easier for me to fit in than most. I’m not totally sure what he meant but It changed my life living as a independent journalist.”
Rob 21, (Student Activist) – Had a professor yesterday ask me how old I was. I replied 21. He looked surprised and said, ” You carry yourself with much more maturity than that.”
Evan Beard (CEO) – “I was nervous for a presentation in second grade and my mom told me that ‘If anyone can do it you can do it.” That kind of stuck with me for the rest of my life.”
Mark Twain once said, “ I can live two months on one good compliment. ” Couldn’t we all?