World Compliment Day

World Compliment Day is a day created by a group in the Netherlands to share compliments with people around you, to uplift and spread positive affirmations.


World Compliment Day is hosted on the 1st of March every year. The initiative was started in the Netherlands and the creators wanted to share it with the world. They created what has been dubbed as the ‘most positive day in the world’.

“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?”says Hans Poortvliet, a recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands.

The goal is to share a compliment with at least 3 people around you, then they will pass on 3 compliments and so the positive movement grows and uplifts people around us. The celebration day is special because it is a non-commercial day. The only gift you need to give is the gift of positive words!

It is tough sometimes to compliment people, we all worry that someone will think we are a little odd so the best thing to do is just start with a smile. If you smile at people they generally smile back, use that moment to open a quick and casual dialog, you could easily say “Oh, you have a lovely smile!”, if you do this you will watch a person beam with happiness.

You can also compliment things you can see they take pride in, like if they are wearing very nice coat, driving a well-kept car, or are wearing a beautifully hand-made accessory. Compliment their actions or something you witness, if you see them being nice to a cashier, compliment that action.

“Research shows getting a sincere compliment gives us the same positive boost as receiving cash! Compliments really are one of the easiest two-way streets available in terms of spreading happiness around you and increasing your own. The more you compliment, the better you feel”

Here are a few idea’s of easy compliments to pass around to people you meet or know,

  • Your smile is contagious.
  • You look great today.
  • You have impeccable manners.
  • I like your style.
  • You have the best laugh.
  • You are enough.
  • You’re an awesome friend.
  • You light up the room.
  • You should be proud of yourself.
  • You have a great sense of humor.

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments or follow GoodThingsGuy on Facebook & Twitter to keep up to date with good news as it happens.
Sources: World Compliment Day / Happier

Facebook Comments

About the Author

Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy.

Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *