It has become common in our culture to use caffeine, usually in the form of coffee (but these days you can find it in almost anything) to boost our energy, especially as morning turns into afternoon and eventually night.
It is actually rather rare to meet someone who doesn’t rely on caffeine from time to time…this reliance has not hit me yet, but it is probably more of “when” vice “if” scenario.
Most people (from my research) either use coffee or tea to start their day — or they lean on caffeinated drinks later on, to get them through the dreaded after lunch collapse.
So I have been on the search for a natural answer and being a physician does not give me any special insight.
Over the past few years I have been taking notes…yes, I do that a lot. And what I have found is some pretty good data. And a little ago I started my own experiment to see if it would boost my own energy late in the day.
Not only did it boost my energy… but it made other people happy too!
So what’s the trick that I have observed????????
Pay someone else a genuine compliment.
That’s right… paying someone a compliment will not only make their day…
It will also make YOU feel more awake.
Now, the first time I tried it, I was a little skeptical… But I went for it:
When I got tired mid-afternoon, I made it a point to pay one of the nurses in my clinic a compliment to tell her how much I appreciated all that she does for me day after day.
I noticed an instant lift in my energy (and focus) — even before I walked to see my next patient.
And it carried over all afternoon. No mid-day crash. Needless to say, I was hooked.
And it worked so well that I wondered… does science know about this yet?
So I did a little research… and I learned that a little kindness goes a long way — for your health.
In fact, paying genuine compliments and doing good deeds for others has been shown to do more than just boost energy levels. It can also:
- Improve your focus — and your ability to get things done.
- Promote empathy and kindness — which increase your connection to others. And that’s important — because people who are more socially connected tend to live longer than those who aren’t.
- Boost your self-confidence
- Keep you in a good mood, and remind you that you’re doing a great job on your health journey.
So friends, the next time you feel your energy dropping — don’t reach for the coffee right away.
Instead, turn to the person closest to you — whether it’s a friend, coworker, or total stranger — and tell them what you like about them.
Maybe they’re an amazing listener and you’re lucky to have them as a trusted friend…
Or you love the way they handled that tricky client at work….
Or they’re simply wearing an amazing outfit.
Whatever it is, make sure to tell them. In doing so, you’ll make their day (and boost your energy in the process).
And if you’re anything like me… you’ll become hooked on giving people compliments.
Believe me, when everyone around you is happy — the joy spreads like wildfire.
If you are not sure where to start, try this:
Think about the last time someone said something that made you feel great…
What was it?
Now, is there someone in your life who TRULY makes you feel that way?
Go tell them!
1. The More You Energize Your Coworkers, the Better Everyone Performs. Harvard Business Review. 2016. Available at: https://hbr.org/2016/09/the-energy-you-give-off-at-work-matters.
2. The Art of the Compliment. Psychology Today. 2004. Available at: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200403/the-art-the-compliment.
3. Compliments Are Good For Your Health, But Not If They’re Fake. HuffPost Australia. 2017. Available at: https://www.huffingtonpost.com.au/2017/06/19/compliments-are-good-for-your-health-but-not-if-theyre-fake_a_22488747/.