National Compliment Day | January 24
(Last Updated On: January 23, 2023)


National Compliment Day on January 24th offers a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day or to give credit for a job well done!  Give an extra compliment annually on January 24th and any time one is deserved.



A compliment has a powerful effect. It can instill confidence in a child, or validate someone’s hard work. A compliment not only improves the receiver’s mood, but it also says something about the giver. It tells them you noticed. Whether we recognize someone’s achievement or their classic style, a compliment can go a long way.

To give a great compliment, first be sincere. People have a way of knowing when we are fake. If you don’t mean it, it’s worse than getting a thoughtless birthday gift.

Complimenting character versus a new haircut are different rewards. The first says you respect the person and the other tells them you paid attention. Sometimes the receiver needs to hear one or the other, or both.

Human beings like to be unique, original. Strive to give a compliment about what makes a person stand out above the rest. Take the time to reflect on what you admire about the person.


Make sure to compliment someone. Share the compliments you receive that make your day. Do they improve your day? Make a list of different ways to give a compliment and use #NationalComplimentDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a lesson surrounding National Compliment Day.


Kathy Chamberlin of Hopkinton, NH and Debby Hoffman of Concord, NH created National Compliment Day in 1998.

Compliment FAQ

Q. What’s the difference between compliment and complement?
A. Compliment is used as a noun or verb to describe praise or admiration. “I received a compliment for my quilting skills.” “The teacher complimented Lori on her spelling.”

Complement has multiple meanings. First, it can be a noun or verb used to describe how one or more things improve another. For example, “The sunshine was a perfect complement for the event.” Or, “The wine complemented the steak.” Another meaning for the word “complement” is to describe a number or quantity, especially a complete group or set of something. “We hosted an entire complement of guests this weekend.”

Q. Can you compliment someone too much?
A. Yes. A compliment is like salt and pepper; use it only enough to season the moment but not so much that you make it all about the compliment. 

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