Receiving the perfect compliment can have the same impact on your energy and mood as receiving a cash reward but only if you know how to accept the praise.
A compliment is by definition: a polite expression of praise or admiration and an act or circumstance that implies praise or respect.
The problem is, most women deflect any compliments that come their way. Whether it be “I love your outfit” and the reply “Oh, it was all that I had clean” or “You gave an amazing presentation” and the reply “No, I just threw it together in five minutes.” We’re all guilty of making excuses for compliments received instead of graciously accepting admiration.
Let’s talk compliments.
There are nine different types of compliments: ambiguous, too-frequent, inappropriate, envious, awkward, off-topic, unintentionally rude, sales pitch and the right compliment. Most of these don’t warrant acceptance as they aren’t coming from a place of good intention. It’s important to understand that giving a compliment can only have a positive impact if it’s coming from the heart.
Not only can the right compliment increase your confidence but according to a recent study published in PLOS One. It can significantly improve your performance at work. “To the brain, receiving a compliment is as much a social reward as being rewarded money. We’ve been able to find scientific proof that a person performs better when they receive a social reward after completing an exercise”, stated lead professor of the Japanese study, Norihiro Sadato.
While you are sleeping each night your brain undertakes a process called skill consolidation: the process by which motor skills are transformed from an initial fragile state, in which they are especially prone to being disrupted or lost, to a more solid or permanent state. Compliments trigger the memory boost of this process and have similar results as that of a cash incentive. By giving the right compliment you can impact a person’s performance and ability to do their job well.
In our digitally driven society of Photoshop and portraying the perfect, Pinterest life, self-esteem among women is an increasing issue. Eighty-five percent of women miss out on social events and important life activities due to self-consciousness of their personal appearance. The habit of basing attendance based on appearance is instilled in girls at a young age with 79 percent of girls aged 10 to 17 reporting the same feelings as women aged 18 to 64.
Let’s empower each other!
You’ve heard the saying, women dress for other women? The power of a woman’s opinion can drastically change how females interact in social events and at work. By providing the perfect compliment to another woman (whether it be your sister or a complete stranger). You can increase their productivity at work, increase their confidence in taking risks and contradict their own negative self views.
Being strong enough to recognize someone else’s beauty without questioning your own can be more difficult than you’d think. But start small. If woman in front of you in line has that gorgeous post-blowout look. Go ahead and let her know their hair looks fantastic! Empowering other women and building them will only help increase your own confidence.
You can “Vent” with us.
As a female owned and operated business. We know how powerful it can be when females get together and lift each other up. Vent Blow Dry Bar aims to empower women through beautiful hairstyling, building confidence with each blowout. While providing a comfortable space to vent and connect with other women. There is something about sitting in a comfy chair while nourishing your hair and enjoying a luxurious experience. That can help you feel more capable and ready to take on the rest of your week. Our intention is to not only increase the number of compliments you receive, but to inspire you to then pay it forward and empower other women.
Plan a day with the important women in your life and make sure it includes a visit to Vent Blow Dry Bar for your girls’ day blowouts.