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World Compliment Day 2023: Date, History, Facts, Activities

World Compliment Day is observed annually on March 1 to spread joy through simple verbal expressions of appreciation as part of a global initiative to create the most positive day in the world. With less emphasis on providing material tokens of appreciation, this day is intended to be completely free so that everyone can participate! It’s easy to give a compliment, whether you’re praising someone’s shoes or letting them know they’re doing a great job — whatever it is, it can make someone’s day. Therefore, this day is a reminder to express your positive thoughts and observe how they illuminate a room.

The background of World Compliment Day

After numerous successful observances of National Compliment Day, founder Hans Poortvliet of the Netherlands decided to transform it into World Compliment Day, a global holiday dedicated to spreading positivity. The first of March is a day to consciously reflect on what someone in your community does well and express sincere appreciation for that. With a focus on expressing gratitude through words rather than material gifts, this holiday can be observed by anyone, anywhere. Reason being that a sincere personal compliment has the potential to have a tremendous impact while costing nothing. As Hans himself stated, professional recognition is essential: “Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, makes people happier, and, in terms of business, increases productivity and commitment more quickly than sincere appreciation. So why not utilise it slightly more?” We couldn’t be more in agreement!

Compliments are a means of demonstrating solidarity, cooperation, friendliness, and goodwill. When such traits as individualism and hard work are culturally valued, receiving recognition for one’s personal performance can be a highly effective motivator. As stated on the World Compliment Day website, “If on March 1st everyone gives at least three people in his/her environment or (social) network a genuine and sincere compliment, we will create the Most Positive Day in the World!” Moreover, we should all keep in mind the significance of making others feel valued; it is a natural human need to be acknowledged, and no one should feel ashamed for wanting it. Receiving recognition is exhilarating, and giving recognition is equally gratifying; seeing someone’s face light up after you give them a compliment is a win-win situation. Adults, however, tend to believe that they do not need to reward people, even with verbal praise, if they are simply performing their duties. In pursuit of this validation, we are left underappreciated and overworked far too frequently. We want everyone to feel good about themselves so that the world can be improved.

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Compliment three individuals

If you manage to compliment just three people today, you will have accomplished the goal of this holiday: spreading positivity and happiness!

Be imaginative in your compliments!

Consider sending a letter or email. Explain in detail and with sincerity why the person you’re complimenting is so appreciated.

Smile and express gratitude

If a situation does not warrant a compliment, simply smile and say “thank you” sincerely. Even a simple thank you and smile can make a person feel better, and that is the purpose of this day.


Mark Twain once said, “A good compliment can sustain me for two months.”

A Chicago art student garnered 14 million views for her short film depicting the facial expressions of people receiving compliments.

In Cameroon, it is common to praise a person’s cooking skills by calling them a “old pot” because they believe that old pots produce the best meals.

If someone tells you in Russia that you are as fit as a cucumber, it means that you appear vibrant and healthy.

In China, burping is considered a compliment to the chef and a sign of satisfaction with the meal.


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2023 March 1 Wednesday
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2027 March 1 Monday