There’s a ton of insights in this article from The Guardian that it would be a crime not to share it with you. It’s called Complimenting strangers changed my life – you should give it a try.
Here’s an excerpt that’ll surely get you hooked:
Raj Raghunathan PhD, author of If You’re So Smart, Why Aren’t You Happy?, explained that one of the reasons complimenting others makes you feel better is that it helps you perceive yourself as a generous, bighearted person, which in turn increases your self-esteem.
In contrast, tearing people down with criticism or snark might make you feel superior in the short term, but Raghunathan says that negging others makes you view yourself poorly. These “downward comparisons” have an echo-chamber effect, in that they make others feel negative, which can lead them to criticize you.
Interested in reading more of it? Just click on this link to The Guardian to gain access to the full article…