World Compliment Day

Everyone knows the power that a compliment can have on a person’s disposition. A well-placed compliment not only makes the person receiving it feel better, but can also make the person giving the compliment feel better as well. That’s more than enough of an excuse for people to celebrate World Compliment Day. This holiday falls on March 1st and is the perfect day to spread a little bit of positivity to friends, family members, and even complete strangers.

The History of World Compliment Day

World Compliment Day was officially started by Hans Poortvliet in his home country of the Netherlands. He wanted to create a holiday that wasn’t commercially oriented so that just about everyone could participate in it. He also wanted to create a holiday that addressed the very human need for appreciation and recognition. In the Netherlands, it began as National Compliment Day, but as more people around the world began to see the benefit of celebrating this holiday, it morphed into World Compliment Day.

The Benefits Of Giving Compliments

Compliments not only make the person giving them and the person receiving them feel better, but they can also have other benefits for people. Below are some great reasons for anyone wanting to celebrate this holiday to give the people in their lives some well-earned compliments.

Compliments Boost Creativity

Because paying a person a compliment requires a person to think about what kind of positive statement they want to make to their friend or family member, it has a tendency to spark creativity in the giver.

It Helps To Pay Forward Good Will

Paying someone else a compliment can make the person receiving the compliment more likely to pay someone else a compliment. This can start a chain reaction that results in a lot of goodwill coursing through the community. And that’s always a good thing.

Compliments Can Build Trust Between Coworkers

When someone pays one of their coworkers a sincere compliment, it can help them build trust with them. That allows the workplace to come together better and be more of a positive environment for everyone involved. After all, a well-placed sincere compliment can be the antithesis of toxicity.

Observing World Compliment Day

Celebrating this holiday is as simple as offering someone a sincere compliment. This someone can be a friend, a family member, a coworker, or a complete stranger. It doesn’t matter. This holiday doesn’t require participants to buy or give anything either. All they have to do is give away a compliment—an act that is most assuredly free of charge. Of course, if people want to spread their compliments even further, they can post their compliments to other people on their social media accounts using the hashtag #WorldComplimentDay.

When is it?
This year (2024)
March 1 Friday
Next year (2025)
March 1 Saturday
Last year (2023)
March 1 Wednesday
Appreciation & Honor