National Compliment Day on January 24th offers a wonderful way to brighten someone’s day or to give credit for a job well done! Give an extra compliment annually on January 24th and any time one is deserved.

A compliment has a powerful effect. It can instill confidence in a child, or validate someone’s hard work. A compliment not only improves the receiver’s mood, but it also says something about the giver. It tells them you noticed. Whether we recognize someone’s achievement or their classic style, a compliment can go a long way.

To give a great compliment, first be sincere. People have a way of knowing when we are fake. If you don’t mean it, it’s worse than getting a thoughtless birthday gift.

Complimenting character versus a new haircut are different rewards. The first says you respect the person and the other tells them you paid attention. Sometimes the receiver needs to hear one or the other, or both.

Human beings like to be unique, original. Strive to give a compliment about what makes a person stand out above the rest. Take the time to reflect on what you admire about the person.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalComplimentDay

Make sure to compliment someone. Share the compliments you receive that make your day. Do they improve your day? Make a list of different ways to give a compliment and use #NationalComplimentDay to post on social media.

Educators, visit the National Day Calendar® Classroom for a lesson surrounding National Compliment Day.


Kathy Chamberlin of Hopkinton, NH and Debby Hoffman of Concord, NH created National Compliment Day in 1998.

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Preorder The Princess and the Fangirl by Ashley Poston

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Get ready for more Starfield in this fandom-fueled twist on the Prince and the Pauper.

In 2017, Ashley Poston charmed young adult readers and fangirls of all ages with Geekerella, a modern-day retelling of the Cinderealla fairy tale. The novel was named a “must-read” by USA Today and a “life-changing book” by Seventeen, with readers falling in love with Poston’s ode to geek culture. Now Poston returns to the Geekerella world with its companion novel, The Princess and the Fangirl.

Okay, I’m interested. What do I get for preordering?

Everyone who preorders The Princess and the Fangirl will receive . . .

  • An exclusive short story about Elle and Darien’s first date written by Ashley Poston
  • A gorgeous piece of fanart by Margaret Owen, starring Elle and Darien from Geekerella, that’s perfect for your laptop or desktop screen

How do I get the short story and fanart?

  1. Preorder your copy of The Princess and the Fangirl from your retailer of choice. You can preorder from anywhere — even your favorite local bookstore. E-books count, too!
  2. Upload a photo or screenshot of your receipt using this Google form.* All receipts must be dated and submitted prior to 11:59 pm EST on 4/8/19.
  3. Quirk will email you your goodies!

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We can’t wait for you to read The Princess and the Fangirl. Let us know you preordered the book with the hashtag #ThePrincessandtheFangirl on Twitter or Instagram!

Book Description

The Prince and the Pauper gets a modern makeover in this adorable, witty, and heartwarming young adult novel set in the Geekerella universe by national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Imogen Lovelace is an ordinary fangirl on an impossible mission: save her favorite character, Princess Amara, from being killed off from her favorite franchise, Starfield. The problem is, Jessica Stone—the actress who plays Princess Amara—wants nothing more than to leave the intense scrutiny of the fandom behind. If this year’s ExcelsiCon isn’t her last, she’ll consider her career derailed.

When a case of mistaken identity throws look-a-likes Imogen and Jess together, they quickly become enemies. But when the script for the Starfield sequel leaks, and all signs point to Jess, she and Imogen must trade places to find the person responsible. That’s easier said than done when the girls step into each other’s shoes and discover new romantic possibilities, as well as the other side of intense fandom. As these “princesses” race to find the script-leaker, they must rescue themselves from their own expectations, and redefine what it means to live happily ever after.

About the Author


Ashley Poston is the author of Geekerella (Quirk Books, 2017) and Heart of Iron(HarperCollins, 2018). Her fangirl heart has taken her everywhere from the houses of Hollywood screenwriters to the stages of music festivals to geeked-out conventions (in cosplay, of course). When she is not inventing new recipes with peanut butter, having passionate dance-offs with her cat, or geeking out all over the internet, she writes books. She lives in small-town South Carolina, where you can see the stars impossibly well.

The news that singer Demi Lovato will be performing the National Anthem at the 2020 Super Bowl was a bit of a surprise, but it hasn’t caught oddsmakers off guard. They have listed several prop bets related to Lovato’s singing of the Star Spangled Banner.

How long will it take Demi Lovato to sing the National Anthem at Super Bowl 54? Will she forget the words? There are prop bets for that … and more. (Image: Getty)

A week before the Super Bowl, Lovato is set to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. It will be her first public performance since a near-fatal drug overdose in July 2018. Seven days after the Grammys, she’ll be in Miami, singing the National Anthem to a television audience of approximately 100 million people.

Lovato is excited to sing the anthem, and broke the news on Twitter last Thursday.

“Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV,” Lovato wrote in her announcement. “See you in Miami.”

Prop Bet on National Anthem Length

One of the biggest and most popular prop bets is the length of the National Anthem. It is estimated by sportsbooks that millions are wagered on how long it will take to sing.

This year’s length at Bovada is two minutes. The under is +145, while the over is -190. At BetOnline the over/under is 1 minute 59 seconds. The over is the favorite there as well, at -250. The under is +170.

For many singers performing the anthem at the Super Bowl, it is their first time singing on live television, and estimating how long it will take them to get through the notoriously difficult song can be a crap shoot. With Lovato, however, there is a point of reference that might actually help bettors. In Game 4 of the 2015 World Series between Kansas City and the New York Mets, Lovato sang the National Anthem at Citi Field. That rendition took 2:01 to complete.

Another length-related prop bet is the length of the final word, “brave.” BetOnline has the over/under at 5.5 seconds. The over is the favorite at -150. The under is at +110.

Having performed the anthem before, Lovato’s is unlikely to miss a word or flub a line. Still, it could happen, and both BetOnline and Bovada have prop bets on the possibility of omitting a word. The “yes” is +1000 at BetOnline, and +600 at Bovada. The “no” is -2500 at BetOnline, and -1200 at Bovada.

What Will Lovato Wear, Hair Color at Super Bowl 54

BetOnline has prop bets on Lovato’s attire, hair color, and even the color of her microphone. Will she wear a skirt, dress or shorts? The “yes” is -250, while the “no” is +170. Will she wear nail polish? The “yes’ is -2000, while the “no” is +900.

There are three choices for her hair color. Black is the favorite at -250, followed by any other at +275, and blonde at +300.

Her microphone color is even under scrutiny. Again, black is the favorite at -150, but silver/grey is at +150. Any other color is at +300.

Will Military Members or Protesters be Shown?

In what may be one of the worst prop bets available, BetOnline has the likelihood of a military member being televised during Lovato’s performance at -5000. The “no” is +2000. A similar bet sets a line on whether there will be any signs of protest or civil disobedience during the song.

BetOnline is offering a prop bet regarding any player raising a fist. The “no” is the favorite at -1000. The “yes” is +500. Kneeling in protest is another prop bet, but oddsmakers don’t believe that will done either. The “no” is -2500, and the “yes” is +1000. Bovada has a player taking a knee at -1100 for “no” and +575 for “yes.”


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The NFL announced on Thursday that pop singer Demi Lovato will perform the United States national anthem before Super Bowl LIV on Feb. 2 in Miami.


🌴🏈🎤 @ddlovato is singing the National Anthem at @SuperBowl LIV! 🌴🏈🎤 Can’t. Wait. (Via @GMFB)

Lovato will join a star-studded list of Star-Spangled Banner performers at the Super Bowl that includes Diana Ross, Barry Manilow, Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. Gladys Knight was last year’s singer at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta.

The 27-year-old New Mexico native started her Hollywood career as an actress on Barney & Friends in 2002, and she remains active on both the small and large screens while emerging as one of the country’s most well-known pop singers over the past decade.

She’s also overcome personal issues during her time in the spotlight, including a July 2018 overdose, and said during the Teen Vogue Summit in November that she’s learned a lot about herself in the process.

“What I see in the mirror someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” Lovato said. “I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way.”

Lovato will be joined by halftime performers Jennifer Lopez and Shakira as this year’s headline acts at Hard Rock Stadium.

Four teams are left in the 2020 NFL playoffs with an eye toward winning the Super Bowl next month: the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans in the AFC and the San Francisco 49ers and Green Bay Packers in the NFC.

Demi Lovato to continue live comeback with national anthem performance at the Super Bowl


Her performance at the prestigious ceremony will mark her first live showing since being hospitalised for a drug overdose in July 2018.

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Singing the National Anthem at #SBLIV 🏈 🏈 🏈 See you in Miami 🌴 @NFL

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She will joined by the likes of Billie Eilish, who has been nominated for six awards including Record of the Year, Album of the Year, and Best New Artist and Song.

Last November, Lovato spoke out publicly for the first time about the overdose, saying that she had “overcome a lot” in her life since.

“I am human, so be easy on me. And I’m so tired of pretending like I’m not human,” she explained at the time .


“That’s one thing that I won’t do anymore. When you say stuff, it affects me. I’m human. I try not to look, but I see it.”

Not long afterwards, she teased that new music was on its way soon, posting photos from a studio session, with producer Oak Felder seen dancing to an unheard clip.

Felder has worked with Lovato previously on songs including ‘Sorry Not Sorry’, ‘Only Forever’ and ‘Games’.

Grammys 2020: Demi Lovato performs emotional comeback song ‘Anyone’

Grammys 2020: Demi Lovato performs emotional comeback song ‘Anyone’ that she apparently recorded days before her near-fatal overdose back in 2018.

The Super Bowl is right around the bend and folks aren’t only placing their bets on its outcome but a slew of other proposition that could earn them big money.

One of the novelty bets surrounding the game in Miami on Sunday centers on one of the event’s biggest occurrences – the national anthem. This year, the “Star-Spangled Banner” will be sung by two-time Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Demi Lovato in what will be the sixth time in her storied career she’s belted the song at a professional sporting event.


Lovato opened an NFL Thanksgiving Thursday game in 2008, Game 5 of the MLB World Series in 2011, Game 4 of the MLB World Series in 2012, Game 4 of the MLB World Series in 2015 and she even graced the ring when Conor McGregor boxed Floyd Mayweather in 2017.

All of Lovato’s national anthem performances lasted under two minutes, with the exception of her rendition at the Mayweather-McGregor bout, which rang in at 2:11.


This year’s betting line has been set at under two minutes for Lovato to finish her last word, according to Sports Illustrated and many might assume a drawn-out “home of the brave.”

Demi Lovato performs onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Additional pop bets include whether or not Lovato will be donning a skirt, if she’ll forget or omit a word from the national anthem, whether any scoring drive in the game will take less time than Lovato will sing the song, if any player will take a knee during the anthem, the color of Lovato’s hair as well as her microphone, whether fireworks will be heard after “bombs bursting in air” during the anthem and, of course – the length of the final word “brave” during our nation’s song.

Per Illustrated, the national anthem has been sung by a single singer since Big Game 23 in 1989 at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. During the anthem, Billy Joel breezed through it in a staggering 1:24. Since Big Game 41 in 2007, 15-time Grammy-winner Alicia Keys has the longest time recorded for the national anthem when she meandered beautifully through the song finishing in 2:17.

Jennifer Lopez and Shakira will headline the halftime show of the big game, which will kick off on Sunday, Feb. 2 in Miami at the Hard Rock Stadium at 6:30 p.m. ET on FOX.

Demi Lovato’s triumphant return to music will include singing the national anthem at next month’s Super Bowl in Miami.

The “Skyscraper” singer announced on Instagram Thursday that she will be following in the footsteps of performers like Whitney Houston, Garth Brooks, Beyoncé and Aretha Franklin in singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of Super Bowl 54 on Feb. 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.

Her performance will precede this year’s halftime show that will feature headliners Jennifer Lopez and Shakira.

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Lovato’s announcement follows one on Tuesday in which she said she will be singing at the 2020 Grammy Awards on Jan. 26 in her first live performance since she was hospitalized for a drug overdose in 2018.

Lovato, 27, spoke at the Teen Vogue Summit in November in her first public comments since the incident.

Demi Lovato speaks out for first time since 2018 overdose

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“What I see in the mirror (is) someone that’s overcome a lot. I’ve been through a lot and I genuinely see a fighter,” Lovato said. “I don’t see a championship winner, but I see a fighter and someone who is going to continue to fight no matter what is thrown their way.”

The Grammy-nominated singer also got a neck tattoo of the word “survivor” in December to mark everything she has been through.

Lovato succeeds the legendary Gladys Knight, who sang the anthem at last year’s Super Bowl in Atlanta.

Pink, Lady Gaga, Idina Menzel and Luke Bryan have also sung the anthem at the big game in recent years. Pink brought her family to the game two years ago as her hometown Philadelphia Eagles knocked off the New England Patriots in a 41-33 thriller.

The most iconic performance remains the soaring anthem sung by the late Whitney Houston in 1991 in Tampa, which came amidst a swell of patriotism during the Gulf War.

“It was a surprise when she performed the song,” her brother told Entertainment Weekly in 2016. “A lot of people knew she was going to perform — but they didn’t expect her to bring that.”

Jennifer Lopez, Shakira to headline Super Bowl halftime show

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The Super Bowl 54 national anthem singer has a longer history than most performing “The Star-Spangled Banner” at major sporting events.

Sunday’s event at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami will mark the fifth time Demi Lovato sings the national anthem in front of a major television audience.

The pop artist has opened a pair of World Series contests, one NFL matchup and the fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor in 2017.

With kickoff slated for 6:30 p.m. ET, Lovato should take the field for the anthem a few minutes prior during what is typically an extended on-field pregame ceremony.

Super Bowl 54 Information

Date: Sunday, February 2

Start Time: 6:30 p.m. ET

TV: Fox

Singer Info and Preview

Lovato will be singing on the national stage for the second week in a row.

She was one of many performers at the 2020 Grammy Awards, which marked her first time back on stage since a near-fatal drug overdose in 2018, per Spencer Kornhaber of The Atlantic.

The Grammy and national anthem performances coincide with the release of her new single “Anyone.”

While prop bet lines are not yet available at Caesars for Sunday, we do have an idea of how long Lovato’s anthem will last.

The first three times she sang the anthem at sporting events, the time elapsed was under two minutes, according to For the Win’s Charles Curtis.

At a 2008 meeting between the Dallas Cowboys and Seattle Seahawks, Lovato’s rendition lasted one minute and 53 seconds.

Her first World Series appearance in 2011 was timed at one minute and 49 seconds, while her second in 2015 took one minute and 58 seconds.

Lovato’s only performance of the anthem which lasted more than two minutes came at the start of the Mayweather-McGregor fight in 2017, as that took two minutes and 11 seconds.

A year ago, Gladys Knight took two minutes and one second to belt out the national anthem at Super Bowl 53.

If the over/under on singing time is released before kickoff, there are some historical trends that could help you out.

Before Knight sang at Super Bowl 53, the under had hit in nine of the last 12 championship game anthems, per Action Network’s Mark Gallant.

Because the national anthem is typically the first thing to bet on, and the prop is unique to the Super Bowl, it usually receives a good amount of attention.

Even if you do not bet, or the line is unavailable, Lovato’s experience on national sporting stages should produce a beautiful rendition that sets the stage for the game itself.

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