Give a Senior a Compliment
Genuine compliments are powerful gifts that shouldn't be squandered. The right one can lift someone's mood and show that you care.
The Facts: This care mission sounds easy, right? But giving a good compliment is an art. By the time we’re adults, we should know how to give a good compliment and deliver praise. It can help us build relationships, lift others up, and shows we can be appreciative.
Here are six secrets to crafting a heartfelt compliment:
Pay attention to what makes someone special or what they do well. Observing someone’s strengths can help you find just the right compliment.
Be genuine. If you’re paying attention (see tip #1), this will be a breeze. People can see right through insincere praise, so it’s important to make your compliment personal and real.
Be specific. Saying “That’s a great photo” is different than saying, “I loved how you captured your granddaughter’s excitement in that photo! You really have a gift.”
Show your appreciation. For example, “I loved learning this muffin recipe from the master. Thanks for taking the time to show me.”
Tell them what you’ve heard. People like to know others recognize their talents. For example, you could say, “I’ve heard through the grapevine that you’re a great gardener. Do you mind sharing a few secrets with me?”
Never give backhanded compliments. “You look great…for your age” or “I’m surprised that turned out so well” are all examples of backhanded compliments that are thinly veiled insults. Watch your tone and plan what you’re going to say in your head first.
Your words are powerful! Use them wisely.
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