March 1st: World Compliment Day

One of the most positive days of the year is approaching – World Compliment Day! Join us on March 1st to celebrate the achievements and personal contributions of those around you!

Started by Hans Poortvliet, a recognition professional and former Managing Director of HSMAI in Holland, who remains a close friend of ours at HSMAI Europe. The initiative aims to promote positivity and foster relationships through sincere and personal compliments, promoting appreciation and recognition – fundamental human needs that can contribute to increased productivity and happiness.

In contrast to Valentine’s Day, Secretaries’ Day, and Mother and Father’s Day, World Compliment Day is not commercially oriented. It has spread in recent years as a “warm blanket” over the Netherlands, where it originated, and internationally, becoming known as World Compliment Day. Due to its unique positive and timeless nature, promoters expect it to be another success this year.

On World Compliment Day, people are encouraged to give at least three sincere and personal compliments to those in their environment or social network, using the hashtag #complimentday, with the hope of creating the “Most Positive Day in the World.”

As Hans says, a sincere and personal compliment costs nothing but has a huge impact on the recipient. Nothing stimulates more, gives more energy, and increases productivity and commitment faster than sincere appreciation.

Here at HSMAI Region Europe, we wholeheartedly support this initiative, which addresses fundamental human needs and contributes to increased productivity and happiness.

Giving sincere compliments is incredibly important. Not only does it increase the recipient’s happiness, but it also boosts your own and enhances your stress resilience. It’s a win-win situation for everyone involved, so let’s make it a habit to express appreciation more often, even in public.

The reverse is also true. The lack of attention and appreciation is, in fact, the primary reason why employees become demoralized, volunteers cease to contribute, and quality and productivity decline. These outcomes can lead to society and customers turning their backs on companies.

This unique focus on appreciation and recognition has made it a “warm blanket” over the Netherlands and beyond and is expected to continue its success this year. Learn more about the initiative and discover how you can celebrate your team with your own Compliment Day awards here.

Enjoy the rest of the week!

About HSMAI Region Europe
HSMAI – Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International – is a global organisation founded in the US in 1927. HSMAI Region Europe is the European arm of the organisation. HSMAI Europe aims to be a key influencer, pioneer and the go-to industry resource for professional development, commercial strategies and sustainability in the hospitality, travel and tourism industry. www.hsmai.eu.

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