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Playing nice

Awww. Doesn’t that make you feel great?

(Especially if it’s true, like in my case.)

You can depend on EmergencyCompliment.com to dole out good feelings any time you need them, every time you visit.  It’s kinda like the positive affirmations guy Stuart Smiley, except you feel good instead of creeped out.

If the compliment you get doesn’t cut it, just click “I still feel crappy,” and another compliment will be delivered straight away.  If that one floats your boat, click “Thanks. I feel better” and you’ll have the opportunity to frame it.  And buy it.  And look at it every day.

Because you’re smart and pretty, too.

No offense

You’ve no doubt been paid a compliment by someone.

But have you been the victim of the backhanded compliment?

You know — a comment that starts out flattering or kind, and then takes an unexpected turn, becoming cutting or cruel?

And the whole thing is delivered with a big ol’ innocent smile, which makes the insult all the more sneaky.  Sometimes you don’t even realize you were dissed until you’ve walked away.

SNAP.

Some friends in my neighborhood and I were discussing ‘favorite’ backhanded compliments received over the years during our regular evening walk.

Like the woman on the set of a television commercial who complimented my raincoat saying, “I love your jacket. That is a really hard shade of green for people to pull off.”

Or a fellow dog owner who was told in the park, “Well, I like your dog…I don’t care what all the other people say.”

Or my personal favorite: “I love your red toenail polish. It matches your fake red hair.”

Yes…yes, it does.

Funny how ‘compliments’ like these stick to our brains for years…whereas heartfelt good wishes fall away forgotten.  (Probably because they’re more clever, and we wish we had thought of them ourselves.)

Do you have any good zingers to share?  Leave them in the comments section for us all to enjoy.  But, no names, please.  Remember —

We wouldn’t want to offend.

Yes, you

Today is a holiday that I’m pretty sure Hallmark didn’t invent.  There are no cards or e-cards to send.  The banks are open.  The mail is scheduled to arrive.

But it sounds like a fun one to celebrate, nonetheless.

Today is ‘National I Want YOU to Be Happy Day,’ the most unselfish holiday of the year.

The goal?  Think about little things you can do to make other people happy.

Smile at passersby on the street.  Pay a compliment.  Do a small favor.  Buy a surprise lunch for a friend or co-worker.

Yes, those would all make me happy.

But I have to admit…when I hear the phrase “I want you to be happy,” it sounds more like a blanket acceptance of the choices a person has made —  a promise to no longer judge a person’s lifestyle just because it is different from my own.

Ya know — that would probably make people even more happy.

Perhaps we should all give that a whirl today, too.