National Compliment Your Mirror Day – July 3, 2021

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National Compliment Your Mirror Day is on July 3. We live in an image-driven world. Sometimes this can cause us to not notice and compliment a very important person in our lives, ourselves! This day motivates us to look in the mirror and recognize all those things that make us exceptional, inside and out.

History of National Compliment Your Mirror Day

Self-esteem is how you perceive yourself. In other words, it responds to the feelings you get when you think about all the elements that form your personality and physical appearance. This self-evaluation is believed to occur in six different areas.

– One’s inherited endowments, including intelligence and physical characteristics
– Feeling likable and lovable
– Being a unique human being, of value and worthy of respect
– Feeling in control or responsible for one’s life
– Moral virtue or integrity
– What one has achieved

The emphasis a person gives to any of these areas will most likely change through different stages of life. Children may be more concerned about their perception of how much they are loved, whereas adults might give greater attention to the evaluation of their achievements.

The origins of the concept can be traced back to the writings of David Hume in the 18th century. He suggested that it is very important to value and think well of yourself because it serves as a motivational function.

In the 1970s, self-esteem began to be recognized as an important pillar in the academic performance of students and the overall happiness of young people.

Now, more than ever, there is an increasing need for people to find positive ways to relate to themselves. National Compliment Your Mirror Day is one of these welcome reminders.

National Compliment Your Mirror Day timeline

4000–300 B.C.
Ancient Mirrors

Copper mirrors appear in Mesopotamia and Egypt — about 1000 years later, people in Central- and South America begin making mirrors of polished stone.

1700s
The Origins of Self-Esteem

David Hume suggests that it is very important to value and think well of yourself because it serves as a motivational function.

1890
First Psychological Studies

William James pens a definition of self-esteem: success divided by pretension.

1986
The National Association for Self-Esteem is Founded

The purpose of the organization is to fully integrate self-esteem into the fabric of American society, so that every individual, no matter their age or background, experiences personal worth and happiness.

National Compliment Your Mirror Day FAQs

Should all the compliments be about physical appearance?

No. This day is about positively acknowledging anything and everything about yourself and others.

Should I compliment everyone?

Although a compliment is usually not a bad thing, always respect other people’s personal space.

Do I have to look in a mirror to celebrate this day?

Everyone has a different way of recognizing their self-worth. Even if that means just sparing a thought for yourself instead of complimenting your mirror, it’s all about the good vibes.

How to celebrate National Compliment Your Mirror Day

  1. Organize an uplifting activity

    Set people in pairs and ask them to give two compliments to each other — you can do this with family, friends, and even co-workers

  2. Compliment yourself

    Take as long as you like! Just look at yourself in the mirror and acknowledge your awesomeness.

  3. Pamper yourself

    Take this day to take part in activities that make you feel good. This could be a visit to the barber or just finding the time to meditate in silence.

5 Facts About Mirrors That We Love

  1. They can be used to reflect sound waves

    Acoustic mirrors were used during WWII in Britain as a way to deflect the sound of the enemies.

  2. You didn’t always recognize yourself in them

    Children develop the ability to recognize their reflection when they are 24 months old.

  3. There’s one on the Moon

    It’s called a ‘Laser Ranging Retroreflector’ and it was left on the surface of the Moon by one of the Apollo missions.

  4. Some animals recognize their reflections

    It is believed that elephants and dolphins show behavior that suggests they recognize their reflections.

  5. They help produce energy

    Mirrors are a key component of solar power production plants.

Why we love National Compliment Your Mirror Day

  1. It can help change your day around

    A little motivation in the form of a compliment is always welcomed.

  2. It’s all about self-reflection

    This day invites us to spend some time with ourselves.

  3. Make it the start of a healthy habit

    Why not give yourself and your loved ones a compliment every day!

National Compliment Your Mirror Day dates

YearDateDay
2021July 3Saturday
2022July 3Sunday
2023July 3Monday
2024July 3Wednesday
2025July 3Thursday