Early Childhood Development

Be Awesome: Tell Someone They Are Great

Early Childhood Development | February 9, 2016
Being Awesome

Did you know that paying someone a simple compliment not only benefits the receiver of the compliment, but it also works wonders for you? Go on. Tell someone how great they are today! You’ll be glad you did.

Raise your hand if you were cranky or had those Monday blues at least once over the past month (we are raising our hands, too). We’re also raising another hand for our spouses, infants, toddlers and growing children, because we all have our “moments.” Take a moment and think back to a time when you or someone close to you received or gave a little affirmation. Didn’t the environment seem to buzz with positive energy? Here’s why!

Improves Mood

Telling someone how great they are boosts your mood too! Complimenting a person allows your mind to focus on someone or something else, instead of the negative thoughts you may be harboring. In turn, your compliment makes the receiver feel special at least for one moment in the day, which can go a long way.

Improves Connection & Trust

Our students look to us as confidants. When our students hear how wonderful we think they are, they learn to lean more on us during classes. As we encourage positive praise for learning something new, the bonds between our Gardner School teachers and our students strengthen daily. Trust forms over time and allows for children to engage in daily activity.

Improves Performance

During early childhood education, encouraging our little learners shows its advantages over time. According to Professor Norihiro Sadatu at Japan’s National Institute for Physiological Sciences, there’s “scientific proof that a person performs better when they receive a social rewards after completing an exercise. Complimenting someone could become an easy and effective strategy to use in the classroom.” Students gain confidence each day through creative play and enrichment classes, and our teachers help cultivate this confidence by praising new skills.

Sincere compliments are wonderful to give and receive. We challenge you to compliment someone at least once a day. You’ll see an improvement in your mood, and you’ll improve their mood, confidence, and performance! Small acts of kindness go a long way.