Challenge no. 3

03 Feb, 2019 Blog

Wow – we are truly overwhelmed by the response to our first two World-Changer Challenges! Together, we’ve cleaned up the streets and ditched our single-use coffee cups. And now, we want to spread a bit of kindness!

We are therefore excited to announce our third World-Changer Challenge…

Give someone a compliment

Here at Team AoC we think that small acts of kindness really do make the world a better place. And a quick and easy (not to mention free) way of doing this is to pay someone a compliment. This could be anyone that you see as you go about your day-to-day life – colleagues, housemates, family members, your postman, someone you see on the train every day or even someone in the same queue at the supermarket.

We don’t know what kind of day someone has had, and that little compliment might be just what they needed, and could be the best part of their day! Being given a compliment will make someone feel special and valued, and will increase their self-esteem.

Receiving a compliment holds a number of physical and emotional health benefits. As Professor Nick Haslam, School of Psychological Sciences at the University of Melbourne, said in HuffPost AustraliaCompliments can lift moods, improve engagement with tasks, enhance learning and increase persistence…And you don't need a research study to know that receiving a compliment can boost our mood.”

By giving someone a compliment, you can help spread a little sunshine on a gloomy February day. And don’t forget – what goes around comes around! Complimenting will make you feel good too: kindness produces serotonin, which generates that feeling of warmth and calmness…plus smiling burns calories!

Here’s some inspiration to get you started:

  • Notice if a colleague has had a haircut.
  • If you’ve received brilliant customer service from a company, ring them to tell them.
  • Comment on a friend’s new earrings.
  • Ask to see the chef to compliment them on the amazing meal you’ve just had.

So why not take a moment to pay someone a compliment this week? After all it’s FREE!

Let us know how you get on using the hashtag #OpenUpToChange on social media or by writing to us. We’d also love to hear any ideas for the next World-Changer Challenge!

About the World-Changer Challenge

Here at Advent of Change, we aim to create a world that is fair, equal and sustainable. As part of that mission, we have developed The World-Changer Challenge: a weekly challenge inspiring a small day-to-day change with a big impact on the world. It’s the little things that add up, and together we have the power to make a huge impact.

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