Sunday, January 8, 2012
Yesterday I wore this fabulous pair of shoes. Their very high heels are the only reason that I don't wear them more often because they really are great.
At the BBQ we attended I got several compliments, one of which led to a really interesting discussion on compliments. I love compliments - although I'm much better at giving than receiving them. On many occasions when I've seen a complete stranger who looks great I've complimented them. I'm also a huge fan of the thank you note. If I get some truly excellent service, I love to send a little note on to the company.
I recently read an article talking about the need for women to be more assertive. If your coffee is cold - send it back, if the hotel room isn't what you wanted, ask to change. I completely agree with this. Too many of us put up with substandard service because we don't want to make a fuss. As long as you are polite, it is usually fine to ask such things.
But if we are learning to become more proactive complainers, I think it is important that we also learn to be proactive praisers.
The person I was speaking to at the party aims to make one person (unrelated to her) smile every day. I think that is a gorgeous mantra. As she said it can be as simple as saying a welcoming hello to someone, or complementing a stranger on her shoes. Imagine if we all did that, wouldn't the world be a happier place?