In light of World Kindness Day which is on November 13, it is a perfect reminder to stay kind. While kindness can be expressed in many different ways, such as smiling, lending a helping hand, being non-judgemental or offering someone a shoulder to cry on, giving compliments is, it seems, one of the easiest ways to give someone a considerate boost. However, one in ten Glaswegians cannot take compliments, and will reject any coming their way, according to ScS.
As one of the friendliest cities in the UK, you’d think weegies would be complimenting each other left, right and centre, but that’s not the case. On the other hand, as simple, humble people, we show kindness in many different ways. For the compliment survey, ScS has partnered with registered psychologist Dr Ritika Suk Birah to share that “giving and receiving compliments can have a positive impact on our mood and releases endorphins, giving us all the more reason to share kind thoughts”.
The study revealed Glasgow is not a fan of giving not taking compliments. In fact, one in ten (10%) in Glasgow have never received a compliment in their lives. Unacceptable! You’re all wonderful and funny. That’s it. Now you have officially received a compliment from Secret Glasgow.
What is more, the survey concluded that 16% of those in Glasgow can’t take a compliment, and will reject all compliments coming their way. Well, that’s tough, because you’re all still wonderful. Deal with it.
And finally, one in ten (11%) Glaswegians will reject a compliment and deny it’s true. I am officially rejecting your rejection. You’re wonderful. End of story.
Surprisingly, London has been named the kindest city in the UK, while Liverpool and Manchester took joint second place. Newcastle is also in the top three, coming third on the list.
Dr Ritika said: “When we smile and compliment each other it can have several beneficial effects on our self-esteem and overall well-being. Compliments serve as external validation reaffirming our sense of self-worth and competence. We can use neuroscience to understand that compliments ignite brain regions associated with reward and positive self-perception, such as the striatum and medial prefrontal cortex.”