It’s my belief that most of the people you encounter each day are starved for praise.

In the career world, most bosses rarely compliment the good work employees do each day. Some even waste no time pointing out areas of weakness in their employees.

In relationships, we tend to overlook the kind things we do for each other out of habit. I sometimes overlook the fact that every time my wife takes a trip to the gas station, she buys me a pack of M&Ms. She’s awesome.

Take the opportunity to compliment someone today. But remember: to give meaningful praise, you should know the person and understand what makes them praiseworthy. Don’t give hollow compliments; don’t make a show of it; just share a word of kindness, send an email, or even write a letter. You’ll be glad you did (and so will they).