Giving Compliments that Count
The philosopher William James once said, “The deepest principle in human nature is the craving to be appreciated.” Xenophon, the ancient Greek philosopher and historian, tells us, “The sweetest of all sounds is praise.”
The fact that people respond positively to accolades is not a revelation. Even though we may not readily admit it, most of us enjoy recognition for our good deeds, accomplishments, and hard work. The positive reinforcement inspires us to keep meeting the challenges and difficulties we face daily.
Yet when given without sincerity, praise might be taken for flattery or manipulation, and the person giving that kind of praise will quickly earn a reputation ...