June 1, 2021
There’s an adage that says that people may not remember what you do, but they’ll certainly remember how you made them feel,
….and at no time is that more true than on National Say Something Nice Day, observed on June 1 each year.
This holiday is about lifting your co-workers, family members, acquaintances, even foes, with genuine kind words — being a “lifter,” and seeing how much healthier and happier you feel in the process.
It takes discipline. In some cases, you may feel that negative beliefs you have about certain others are most definitely based on truthful reality. The challenge of National Say Something Nice Day is to put those beliefs aside — no matter how warranted you feel they are — and find something you really appreciate in a given person. That is, it’s not about syrupy false compliments. If you exercise your mind, you can find something positive about any of the people you come across today. Maybe you like the hairstyle of the cop who just wrote you a ticket. Maybe you admire the management style of the co-worker that got the promotion you were passed up for. Look within yourself for the positive, and it will come back to you tenfold.
(quoted directly from: https://nationaltoday.com/national-say-something-nice-day/)
On July 31, 2011, the president and CEO of the Charleston, South Carolina Speech and Hearing Center, Mitchell Carnell, published a short Amazon book called “Say Something Nice: Be a Lifter!” The book was and is really about the health benefits you receive when you lift others up instead of tearing them down.
Carnell, who is also the author of the Kindle books “Speaking in Church Made Simple” and “Random Acts of Kindness,” comes from a background of knowing the effects of positive words and communication. His column on business communication ran for 14 years in the “Charleston Dispatch & Courier’s Business Review.”
But it was before the publication of “Say Something Nice” that the idea of setting aside a day for doing just that, germinated. In 2006, Carnell’s work in communication and good works was officially recognized when the mayor of North Charleston, South Carolina proclaimed June 1 as Say Something Nice Day in recognition of Carnell’s communication efforts. Local and national Baptist and Presbyterian organizations joined in, and the day was formally recognized.
So, today, try to practice being positive. ….. (Let’s) remind you of another adage: “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.”
…It’s long been known that happy people live longer and are generally healthier so, at the very least, you know you’ll get a benefit even if you have to swallow your pride. Even better? We’ve found that if you dig deep, saying something nice is not such a bitter pill to swallow after all.
(Excerpts quoted from: https://nationaltoday.com/national-say-something-nice-day/)