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The Power Of Meaningful Compliments

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The Power Of Meaningful Compliments

Throughout your lifetime you’ve probably thrown around compliments pretty freely, maybe you like a co-worker’s shoes, or a friend’s particularly adorable photo on Facebook of her grandchildren. But we actually take for granted the lasting effect a compliment can have on someone’s ideas about self-love.

Covet, a fashion-focused video game in which users complete “style challenges,” debuted 50 new digital models of all different sizes, shapes, heights, skin colors and facial features on Tuesday. In conjunction with the launch, Covet has released a video titled “A Beautiful Perspective: How Compliments Can Empower.”

In the video, three users are interviewed about their perspective on themselves and their insecurities. “It takes more than a dress or a different hairstyle to change the way you feel about yourself,” Samantha said.

Progressively throughout the video you can see the women’s attitudes and emotions changing as they hear endearing compliments like , “You’re very beautiful” and “You really do brighten the room up.”

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” While this may be true, and speaks to having a great sense of personal self-worth, harsh words do cut deep into the emotions of many people and compliments can do the opposite. When others recognize your strengths and the things you do well, you feel empowered.

According to a Forbes health study, complements help improve performance in a similar way to receiving a cash reward.

Researchers recruited 48 adults for the study who were asked to learn and perform a specific finger pattern. Once participants had learned the finger exercise, they were separated into three groups.

One group included an evaluator who would compliment participants individually; another group involved individuals who would watch another participant receive a compliment; and the third group involved individuals who evaluated their own performance on a graph.

When the participants were asked to repeat the finger exercise the next day, the group of participants who received direct compliments from an evaluator performed significantly better than participants from the other groups. The result indicates that receiving a compliment after exercising stimulated the individuals to perform better even a full day afterward.

According to Professor Norihiro Sadato, the study lead and professor at the National Institute for Physiological Sciences in Japan, “To the brain, receiving a compliment is as much a social reward as being rewarded money. We’ve been able to find scientific proof that a person performs better when they receive a social reward after completing an exercise. Complimenting someone could become an easy and effective strategy to use in the classroom and during rehabilitation.”

The researchers had previously discovered that the same area of the brain affected in this study, the striatum, is activated when a person is rewarded a compliment or cash.

A simple compliment like “You sounded so great practicing the piano. Your hard work is really paying off,” encourages them to continue trying and working. Compliments also allow the recipients to reflect inwardly and think “Hey, you’re right. I am a good friend.”


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