This may seem a bit “out of left field”, but this can kind of be a big deal. Here’s a little nugget of wisdom about something we all struggle with: accepting compliments.
You know, those kind words that have the power to brighten our day, but we often brush them off or feel awkward about them. Well, no more!
I’m going to share some quick tips on how to accept compliments graciously, so you can enjoy that warm, fuzzy feeling without any awkwardness.
Recognize the value of a compliment:
When someone pays you a compliment, they’re taking a moment out of their day to acknowledge something great about you. That’s pretty special, right? So, let’s start by appreciating the value of a compliment.
Say “thank you”:
This one might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people forget this simple courtesy. When someone pays you a compliment, just say “thank you.” It’s polite, it’s simple, and it shows that you appreciate their kind words.
Resist the urge to downplay it:
When we receive a compliment, our natural instinct might be to downplay it. But when you do that, you’re essentially rejecting the compliment and making the other person feel like their opinion doesn’t matter.
Instead, take a deep breath and let the kind words sink in.
Don’t immediately return the compliment:
Sometimes, we feel like we need to “balance the scales” and give a compliment back immediately. But doing so can come across as insincere or obligatory.
It’s okay to accept a compliment without returning one.
When the opportunity arises to genuinely compliment the other person, go for it. But, don’t force it just because you feel like you owe them one.
Embrace the compliment as a gift:
Think of compliments as little gifts that people give you.
By accepting them graciously, you’re allowing yourself to enjoy the good feelings that come with them. Plus, you’re showing the giver that their words have made a positive impact on you. That’s a win-win!
Practice, practice, practice:
Just like any other skill, graciously accepting compliments takes practice. The more you do it, the more natural it will feel. So, the next time someone says something nice about you, remember to take it to heart and give them a genuine “thank you.”
Remember, compliments are gifts. So, let’s start treating them as such and accept them with the grace and gratitude they deserve.
Keep shining, my friend! And thanks so much for allowing me to be a part of your day.