Why do we so often forget that it’s the small things in life that have the largest impact? It seems so simple and yet often overlooked: A genuine compliment offered at the right time, in the right way, can help your relationship-building stock soar to new heights. Financial planning and a sound budget are great, but if you want to be assured of a happy life, build an “annuity” with your words.
Hey, we’re all human, and we all love to know we are appreciated. King Solomon is recognized by historians as one of the wisest people who ever lived. He said, “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones” and “A word aptly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver.”
Never try to manipulate your audience with insincere smooth-talking or phony flattery. You may think you’re good at it, but nobody is that good for very long. In a world overflowing with slick advertisements and clever marketing ploys, everyone has their antennae up for BS and con-artistry. Just open your eyes, be present in the situation and offer a heartfelt acknowledgement for qualities you admire and appreciate in those around you. And while you’re taking the time to notice the small stuff in your relationships, you may also recognize opportunities previously overlooked.