How often do you think something nice about someone, or maybe you even say something nice, but to someone other than the person it's about?
I tend to do it a lot.
But I have been trying to make an effort to actually tell people the nice things that I think about them. Why is it difficult to do that? Is it because people often have an awkward reaction to compliments. We don't want to make them feel uncomfortable -- which will make us feel uncomfortable?
But we've all been on the receiving end and even those compliments that make us feel weird, make us feel really good, too. There are words people have spoken to me that I take out and savor from time to time. Things said years ago, even. We all want to hear them, even if we don't know how to respond.
So, if I think someone is pretty, I want to tell them. If I think someone is wise, I want to tell them. It is hard for me, but it shouldn't be. That's just silly. I'm sure the devil knows the power that kind words have and he has done his best to deceive us into keeping them to ourselves.
*edited to add* We have to make sure that our praise and kind words are true. If we just say nice things, that is flattery and that is deceitful. True compliments have to be true.