There may be no simpler way to make someone feel good than by giving them a compliment. A sincere comment from a family member, friend, or professor can be powerful enough to put a spring in anyone’s step. With that in mind, is it really surprising that there is a national holiday that revolves around giving compliments?

On Jan. 24, Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU) celebrated National Compliment Day with the goal of spreading good vibes around campus. The program was sponsored by SNHU Student Involvement and was held in the student center lobby.

Students were encouraged to write compliments to their peers on multicolored panels. Volunteers took pictures of the participants and their comments, and posted them on the

SNHU Involvement Facebook page at the end of the day. Other aspects of the event included hot chocolate and jumbo cookies provided by the Cup of Love café, which is located in the Hospitality Center. National Compliment Day was started by two New Hampshire natives. Kathy Chamberlain of Hopkinton, NH and Debby Hoffman of Concord, NH created National Compliment Day in 1998 with the goal to remind people of the importance of giving (and receiving) compliments. Junior Matt Driscoll, who attended the event, said, “It’s important to make people feel good, especially if they are having a bad day.”

Nicholas VonSchantz-Ricci
Nick is a sophomore majoring in Culinary Management. He loves to cook and he also has in interest in U.S. History and Humanities. He primarily writes news articles, as well as restaurant profiles. In addition to serving as Junior Copy Editor for the Penmen Press, he is the Publicist for SNHU's Culinary Student Association and a member of the Signature Leadership Program.