Self-Esteem Tip: How To Accept Compliments (and Give Them Too!)

Accept Compliments Like the Superstar You Are!

Have you ever been given a compliment, and not really known how to respond? Do you get embarrassed and blush? If you have, that’s okay! Lots of people have trouble accepting compliments, but it doesn’t have to be a big deal. The easiest way to handle the situation is with one word: “Thanks!” That way, the person who gave the compliment knows you appreciate it.  (As a bonus, if you say it right away, you might not have time to blush LOL!)

Compliment quoteAlthough you might feel tempted to put yourself down or roll your eyes and laugh it off, stand tall and smile instead. When someone gives you a compliment, they’re being kind, and in a sense, they are giving you a gift, so the best way to be kind back is to thank them. After all, that’s what you do when someone gives you a gift, right? Don’t try to explain why they’re wrong or why you don’t think you deserve the compliment, because that just puts down both you and the giver of the compliment.

Accepting compliments tells the other person that you appreciate what they have to say about you, that you trust their opinion, and that you accept their gift of kind words. And it’s always fun to receive a gift, right?!

Here are ideas on how you might better respond the next time you get a compliment:

TIP: If you’re tempted to return a compliment immediately after receiving one, ask yourself if it’s because you feel that person deserves it more than you? Take a moment to stand in the spotlight and focus on receiving the compliment rather than analyzing what was said. You deserve to receive good things! Just remember to compliment back in the near future

Compliments, the Perfect Gift!

Give yourself the gift of compliments every day and see how good it feels!

You know how good it feels when some gives you a compliment? Well, you can do that same thing and make someone else feel just as good! Compliments are wonderful gifts – and they’re free to give. Compliments are quick and easy ways to let people in your life know how much you appreciate them. Whether you’re saying “I like your sweater” to a friend or “You’re such a great mom” to your mom, a straight-from-the-heart compliment can strengthen your bonds with friends and family. Make it a habit to compliment others on a regular basis.

Don’t forget to compliment yourself! If you’re usually hard on yourself, this might take effort, but it’s totally worth it. Practice complimenting yourself in the mirror. Say kind things like “You look nice today” or “You’re really talented.” Notice things you truly love about yourself, and say them out loud. This is a great way to build your self-esteem, and a great habit to get into. If you get used to hearing kind words coming your way, you’ll feel more comfortable the next time you get a compliment from someone else!

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*This article is featured in our “Beauty’s Tips: Inner and Outer Tips to Shine Your Brightest” in BYOU Magazine’s Gratitude issue! This issue is available for digital download or single issue order

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