Hope Street Cards Friends!
Its #complimentbombing time of year again – hooray! And we’re looking for volunteers who want to get involved.
Tuesday 1st March 2017 is World Compliment Day. This day addresses the basic human need for recognition and appreciation. Nobody wins commercially, but everybody gains emotionally. And therein lies the power. After many successful editions of ‘National Compliment Day’ in the Netherlands the initiators wondered why the event should not become a ‘World Compliment Day’ and thus created ‘The Most Positive Day in the World’.
March 1st is just about consciously reflecting on what someone in your area does well and letting that person know he/she is sincerely appreciated for that. It should be done through words instead of gifts. "A sincere and personal compliment costs nothing, but the impact on the recipient is huge," says Hans Poortvliet, recognition professional and the driving force behind the annual event in the Netherlands. "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?"
"The deepest principle of human nature is the imperative need to be appreciated." - William James (American philosopher and psychologist 1842 - 1910)
In 2016, Hope Street Cards and our team of wonderful volunteers distributed compliment cards up and down the east coast of Australia (For images of the experiment check out our Facebook album ‘#complimentbombing’ or search #complimentbombing on Instagram).you can check it out by searching #complimentbombing). From Brisbane to Melbourne, from Byron Bay to Canberra, little cards of complimentary love were waiting to be found in the most extraordinary of places. They were waiting appreciated by others on public transport seats, in paid parking machines and in coat pockets at Op shops.
“I can live for two months on a good compliment” – Mark Twain.
And the little experiment was so much fun, we’ve decided to give it a go again this year! But we’d love it to be even bigger and even better so we’re putting the call out for even more volunteers.
If you’d like to get involved and receive a pack of compliment cards to distribute in the lead up to World Compliment Day, all you have to do is get in touch and we will endeavour to ship them out to you. DM or email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) your address and we’ll pop your compliments in the mail.
Here’s to #complimentbombing and World Compliment Day. A small attempt to provide the giver, the receiver and all the onlookers a little, but possibly a very powerful gift of love.