I'm going to stick post-it notes with compliments on them in the bathrooms at work all week this week. My workplace sees some distressing things (hospital), and sometimes people get very down about life. I'm thinking of combining notes such as "You are pretty today!", with "You are much smarter than you give yourself credit for.".
Too many of the women I see are convinced they are idiots, when they are nothing of the sort. It bums me out when these sweet women in my department tell me how clever they think I am for studying, but at the same time put themselves down for "only" being secretaries. New things are looming ahead that will replace our main function here, and people are scared for their jobs, afraid that if they get fired they can't do anything else. I know darned well that a big reason I'm in university, and they didn't go was situational(times + economy), they just don't see it. They've internalised what they where told when they where young, and it's just not true, nor fair.
So what do you think? Any more good compliments on internal qualities I can put up there?