Mayor Keith Summey of the City of North Charleston issued a proclamation declaring the month of June as Better Communication Month and June 01, 2010 as Say Something Nice Day. He presented the proclamation to Dr. Mitch Carnell at the regular city council meeting on May 27th.The mayor made several remarks urging all citizens to take an active part and to treat all people with respect.

Are politeness, pleasantries and compliments a thing of the past?  Are the words please and thank you foreign to our society these days?  Maybe today would be a great opportunity to revive them!

The nicest thing to say to someone is that Jesus loves them!


The second best thing I can think of to do is share this wonderful You Tube video that my friend John Minton made:

If you can’t think of something nice to say, just give someone a smile!  It doesn’t cost a thing to smile, and it might be the nicest thing that happens all day for them.

The idea behind this day is to counteract bullying, including the serious problem of cyber bullying.  Let’s correct the lack of civility and common courtesy that is growing among people in today’s world.

Kindness in word and deed becomes habit.  Hopefully if we begin saying something nice today, it will be so successful we will do it again tomorrow.

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One thing I might add…  when you are trying to think of something nice to say, please make sure what you are saying has at least a hint of sincerity to it.  There’s only one thing worse than saying nothing at all – and that’s saying something that in insincere.  Honestly, if you said nothing you’d be better off.

By the same token, if you receive a compliment – don’t wiggle around and reject it – take it!  Just say “THANK YOU” and feel good that someone likes something about you!  Assume it was an honest statement and build on that.  Put it in your self-esteem file for days when your self-esteem is a little shaky.

There’s a certain piece of jewelry that I am complimented on every time I wear it.  When I’m nervous and my self-confidence is less than stellar, I pull that piece of jewelry out and wear it.  It helps me feel better.  Of course, I also drench my future in prayer – I think it’s called pray without ceasing…  lol.  Wink!  😉



It takes literally seconds to build someone up. What a shame it is when we choose to either say nothing or tear someone down! Have you ever made a conscious decision to encourage others? How are your iron-sharpening skills?

A compliment can make someone’s day, but it needs to be sincere and not phony in any way. It’s better to say nothing at all than to offer insincere flattery. Most of us can spot a fake a mile away.

We get so busy that we don’t even think about anyone else. It’s sad, but true. Did you know that every time you take your mind off of yourself and think of someone else, you lower your blood pressure? So, if you can’t offer a compliment for the sake of someone else, keep in mind that it will make you healthier to think of others and encourage them. Interesting how nature works, huh?

Humans are meant to help one another. We are creatures who crave relationships, even if it is a brief encounter. Standing in line at the grocery store or the post office there are opportunities to be an encourager and give them a compliment. Too many times we think happy thoughts about others but don’t say it.

Have you ever felt led to encourage someone? That is when you just wait for the leading of the Holy Spirit. You will know when the time is right to speak because that door of opportunity opens and you will know what to say and when to say it.

Speak to everyone you meet with love and compassion. Pretend that you are the only person they will speak to all day. What kind of impression do you want to leave with them? If you have encouraged them, chances are they will pay that encouragement forward. If you leave them feeling like less than they should, that mood is contagious as well.

Choose your words carefully and invoke peace around you. ❤