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Paying compliments

“Nowadays we are all of us so hard up that the only pleasant things to pay are compliments.” ~Oscar Wilde

As the old adage goes, flattery will get you everywhere — and Oscar Wilde agreed. Furthermore, as reported in Medical Economics, researchers confirmed that “people respond positively to flattery, even when they know the flatterer has an ulterior motive.”

But who needs science to prove that most people appreciate a compliment? When we dress up for a party or pull out the good china for dinner, for instance, we’re pleased when someone acknowledges the effort we made.

An honest compliment is another form of generosity — and it reveals the self-confidence of the giver. Not surprisingly, as research confirms, we’re likely to spend more time with folks who make us feel good about ourselves. And by the way, you look wonderful today! ~Cindy La Ferle

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Throughout my career, I've worked as a book production editor, travel magazine editor, features writer, and weekly newspaper columnist. My award-winning lifestyles features and essays have appeared in many national magazines and anthologies, including Newsweek, Reader's Digest, The Christian Science Monitor, Writer's Digest, Victoria, Better Homes & Gardens, Bella Grace, and more. My weekly Sunday "Life Lines" column ran for 14 years in The Daily Tribune (Royal Oak, MI) and won a First Place (Local Columns) award from the Michigan Press Association. My essay collection, Writing Home, includes 93 previously published columns and essays focusing on parenthood and family life.

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