Here’s a card game I made up for my kids last year after a week of hearing them fight. I’ve played this with my kids, with my band and with people I just met and I’ve found that most of the time it works great to bring people together and focus on the positive. Try it out and let me know what you think.
Here’s how it works:
You’ll need 1 or 2 decks of cards (2 decks if you have 4 or more people), and a timer. You can play this with 2 or more people.
Each person takes turns being the Praisee. Going one at a time, all the other players have 1 minute each to give as many compliments to the Praisee as they can. Each time they give a compliment to the Priasee, they hand the Praisee a card from the deck.
The Praisiee decides whether to accept the compliment or reject it based on how that compliment makes them feel. The Praisie has the choice to reject any compliment that he or she feels is not genuine, heart felt or for any other reason.
As the cards are handed to the Priasee, the Praisee takes each card and puts it into one of two piles: one pile for the compliments he or she accepts and one pile for the compliments he or she rejects. At the end of each 1 minute round the Priasee hands all the cards in the accepted pile back to the Priaser and the Praiser keeps them to add up at the end of the game.
The game continues with each of the other players having a 1 minute turn as the Priaser. You keep playing until each player has had a turn being both the Praisee and the Praiser for each of the other players.
At the end of the game each player adds up all their accepted praise cards and the one with the most cards wins the game. So the person who gave the most accepted compliments wins.