It’s so obvious and it takes almost no time, yet it’s easy to forget that sometimes the most powerful gift we can give is a compliment. January 24th is National Compliment Day. If it’s been a while since you’ve given an unsolicited compliment, it’s a great time to get back in the habit.

For compliments to be effective, they must be sincere, specific and appropriate. The recipient of your kind comment will pick up on your body language and tone of voice, so don’t give an accolade if you don’t mea...

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