Give a sincere compliment
Mark Twain once said, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.” Take a few seconds to give someone a specific and genuine compliment as often as possible. And, whenever appropriate, compliment people in front of their peers.
Write a nice note
A nice note is like a compliment on steroids. Taking the time to write a note—even a small
one—gives someone a permanent record of your kind sentiment. The more unexpected the
note is, the more profound the effect will be. For example, give a thank you note to your favorite
Starbucks barista for making your coffee just the way you like it each morning.
Post a nice Facebook wall post
Facebook is a great public venue for letting your friends know how much you care about
them. Post a simple message on a friend’s wall to congratulate them on a recent success—a
job promotion, an exciting vacation, or even an improved profile photo.
Gossip…in a good way
Turn gossip on its head by looking for opportunities to gossip about people in a positive way.
For instance, “Did you see Mary’s presentation today? It was fantastic!”
Almost anyone who has achieved anything unique or difficult can point to someone who encouraged
them to pursue their dream. Be that person for the people in your life. Let your
friends, family, and coworkers know that you believe in them, especially when no one else
In our fast-paced world of digital communications, good listeners are becoming less common,
and in turn, more valuable. Have a conversation with another person that centers
completely on their interests, their problems, and their dreams.
Introduce two people
Do you know two people who could benefit from knowing each other? Introduce them. Life
is about relationships, and when you can broker a new one, you add an entirely new dimension
to two peoples’ lives.