Complimenting and Insulting

Compliment mark twain

Sadly, for many of us, we often remember an insult more vividly than a compliment. When we are complimented and insulted, our body produces two different hormones, the hormone produced through an insult lasting much longer than the hormone generated after a compliment. But compliments and insults extend much further than bodily reactions. As much as we should value our own opinions about our ways of life and work most, we rely on others around us. When we are complimented, we feel empowered, encouraged, and motivated. We feel worthy, confident and validated. We feel like we can achieve more and be more. When we are insulted, we feel doubtful, insecure, and fearful. We isolate ourselves from opportunities and possibilities. We stop trying. We can no longer see anything good in ourselves, how ever small the insult. And an insult is the one that we will always remember the most. We need to be careful about the messages we are sending out into the world. If there is nothing good to say, do not say anything at all. Set the standard for others. Be a positive influence in someone’s life, no matter how small you think it is. A compliment can go a long way.

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