One of the most unforgettable compliments I have ever received is from a friend who said “I look forward to receiving your emails. It’s exciting, like opening Christmas presents.”
In case you’re wondering, I wasn’t sending anything extraordinary or naughty. Maybe my emails are sincere or funny, or maybe he had a crush on me, I don’t know. But I know it is nice knowing that people notice or value you.
You can lift anyone’s spirit with a sincere compliment. It creates such positive energy. Compliments amplify positive feelings and are powerful in motivating continued efforts. People strive to do more of what brings praise from others.
But do you know how to receive a compliment nicely? I tend to be self deprecating at times, and would find all kinds of excuses to reject them. But now, I have learned to accept them graciously. The best way is to put a big smile, blush a little and say “thank you!”
It’s like receiving a gift of love. It doesn’t matter whether you agree or not, like it or not, accepting it graciously will make the other party feel good. By denying it or deflecting their kind words, you may put them in an awkward position.
You may even elaborate on their compliment, or return them one. But if you have nothing nice to say, a sincere ‘thank you’ would suffice.
I guess it’s probably easier in the cyber world. We have enough time to react, bask in it privately, before sending a gracious reply. If only it’s that easy in real life.