Comedian Chris Rock once said, “There are only three things women need in life: food, water, and compliments.” I hate to admit it, but there is a lot of truth in that statement. Of course, it isn’t just women who need compliments, but everyone. Young, old, healthy, unhealthy, rich, poor….we all need to feel special, important, and appreciated. Remember when you first meet someone and think you might be in love? You shower each other with compliments, praise each other’s strengths and minimize each other’s weaknesses. I heard someone say once that true friendship doesn’t rub in our faults or mistakes, but rubs them out. Focusing on the good and praiseworthy isn’t always easy, but it’s a recipe for success in relationships.
The short film Validation by Writer/Director/Composer, Kurt Kuenne is an upbeat portrayal of this principal in action. One young man with a gift of complimenting others meets his biggest challenge in a girl who won’t smile. No matter how much he showers her with affection, she won’t budge. A true testament to never giving up and persistence paying off, this sweet love story gives will make you want to sweeten your words with the people you care about most. Some of the greatest theologians, authors, philosophers, and heroes have all acknowledged that kind words are worth more than gold, and can calm even the most fierce wrath. “We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled,” according to Mason Cooley. Why not change that and improve your relationships? Why not make compliments the norm? Watch Validation, and take in its message. You’re smart and perceptive, after all. You’ll do great things with what you learn.