The BOOST Project centers on compliments. Many of us don’t know how to properly receive a compliment, much less give one. All it takes is a little bit of grace, a little bit of gratitude, and a little bit of courage.
First, print a page of the BOOST cards and cut them up. They’re standard business-card size and will fit in your wallet. Carry them with you – you never know when you’ll feel the urge to give a boost.
Set yourself a goal – one person a week, maybe, to reach out to. Pay them a true, heartfelt compliment (see ‘ideas’ page if you need a little help), and hand them a BOOST card. The card takes the ‘weird’ out of the process – you have a bigger goal that you share with many others. Just by paying a person a simple compliment you have the potential to improve – at minimum – five minutes of their day. If they choose to participate in the project as well, you could improve the rest of their life.
The BOOST cards are simple – they refer folks to this website and request that they ‘pay it forward’ by complimenting another person. If you pay a compliment to one person a week for eight weeks and they all participate, by the end of eight weeks there will be one hundred and twenty-eight people participating. If no one dropped the ball for six months, the entire population of Seattle could be reached. Think about the city you live in for a minute. Now think about how it would feel if people were smiling. Get the idea?
Give a boost!