Control Your Kudos!

Compliments—they’re everywhere! And sure, it feels good to give ’em, but receiving them has perks, too. Research shows that they can not only boost your confidence and task performance but also ease bad moods. So why not snag some accolades for yourself? Here’s how.

Manipulate your family. Relax, it’s for good, not evil: Whether you cook dinner once a week or every night, plan meals with your kids and significant other. You’ll be sure to serve up hits and get praised in the process. Who knows, maybe they’ll offer to clean up afterward.

Brighten up. Wash your tablecloths, shower curtains, sofa throws, and comforters with laundry detergent that will help maintain their brightness and freshness. Visitors will give you props for having such a sparkling home (and never guess how easy it was). Be sure to check labels for washing instructions.

Smell extra nice. Hey, you notice good aromas and others will too. Spritz perfume on your ankles so that the scent floats up over your body. And launder your clothes in a deep-cleaning detergent made for fitness apparel.

Praise a stranger. Speaking of the gym, you know that woman who gives 200% in cycling class? Or the one who burpee’d her way to arms of steel? Let them know that their hard work motivates you. Chances are, they’ll return the praise when they catch you working your hardest.

Receive accolades graciously. When someone flatters you, respond with a warm “Thank you!” Accepting a compliment is essentially a compliment in itself because it tells the other person her opinion matters to you. It’s a win-win!