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After you thank the person for her compliment, mention that you are grateful for the If your friend compliments you on your outfit, use it as a stepping stone for a . for an organization, approach her later to say how her empathy is sweet and.

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Do you get really awkward when someone compliments you?

I used to. I blame it on my inner perfectionist. Plus, in Australian culture, we tend to believe that accepting a compliment means you have a ‘big head’ or are ‘full of yourself’ – so we deflect, dismiss and talk ourselves down. Rising up above others is seen as a big no-no.

And then I started hanging out with Americans, who do the opposite – they push each other up.

At first, I didn’t know what to say to their gushing comments of “Christina you’re amazing!” and “I love your podcast!” and “You’re the most creative person I know!”

…but after a while, I learned to take it. After all, it felt good! And I started giving more compliments to others (when deserved, of course. I ain’t blowing smoke up anyone’s ass!)

But do you know what happened?

I got responses like:

“Oh, it was nothing!”
“Yeah…well, I could have done better”
“Are you serious? But I’m nowhere as good as so-and-so!”

Does this sound like you? If so, keep reading.

Here’s why you suck at accepting compliments:

  • You’re a perfectionist and feel like you can always do better – nothing you do is ever good enough.
  • You don’t think you’re any good because you’re so experienced with that thing it’s now easy for you. You don’t realise that what’s obvious to you is amazing to others.
  • You’re afraid you’ll appear to have a ‘big head’ if you accept the compliment – you’d rather appear modest.

But do you know what happens when you dismiss a compliment?

1. You reject that person’s generosity

Someone has just gone out of their way to say something nice to you. They didn’t have to do that. Do you think if they didn’t mean it they would say it? (Of course, there are always people who try to suck up to you…but hopefully you can see through it!)

If you say “Oh, no I’m not”, you’ve essentially rejected that nice gesture. Don’t make someone else feel rejected because of your own shitty insecurities. Reward them for going out of their way to say something nice.

Think about it this way: if someone gives you a gift, do you throw it back at them and splutter “Oh there is no way in hell I deserve this! Give it to Mike instead!”? Um, no. ‘Cos that’s just rude.

Don’t reject someone’s compliment gift.

2. You make THEM feel worse about their own abilities

I went rock climbing with a friend who had been doing it for years. As a newbie, I was amazed by his skills. I said “Wow, you are SO good at that!” and he immediately said “Oh, nah, I’m nowhere near as good as these guys”, indicating to some spider monkey lookalikes who were shimmying up a 45 degree overhang – backwards.

Well, if you’re not any good…then what does that make me?? I thought.

You don’t have to be the best in the world to be impressive to others. Remember that your ability is always relative. For example, I may not be a good public speaker compared to, say, Tony Robbins, but compared to the average person, I’m pretty good.

3. You’re giving yourself negative reinforcement

I’ve learned that negative self talk can be really detrimental to our success. The more you talk yourself down, the more likely you’ll start to believe that you’re no good. And if you believe you’re no good, it’s very difficult to improve and succeed.

So if you say “No I’m not, no I’m not, no I’m not” every time someone compliments you, those negative words will ingrain themselves in your brain and make you feel worse about yourself. So stop that.

(Side note: if you’re saying “No I’m not”, knowing full well that you are, but you’re just fishing for more compliments…you need to learn how to be ok with yourself. Seriously. The best way to get approval is to not need it.)

How to accept a compliment without sounding like a douchebag

Firstly, resist the urge to say “No I’m not!” and instead simply say “Thank you”.

You can then follow up by giving praise to something or someone who’s helped you:

FRIEND: “Hey, I love your dress!”
YOU: “Thank you, it’s from _____ . I love their stuff, it’s so well made.”

NOT: “Oh please, it’s old. But YOU look gorgeous!”

COLLEAGUE: “Great job with your presentation today.”
YOU: “Thanks! Sam’s been helping me practice, which made it a lot less stressful.”

NOT: “Oh my God, I was so nervous. I’m so glad that’s over.”

DINING BUDDY: “Wow, this food is so delicious!”
YOU: “Thanks! It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe. Isn’t he amazing?”

NOT: “I don’t know, I don’t think it’s salty enough. Is it salty enough? It’s not salty enough. Here’s the salt. Is that better? Dammit, I should have put more salt.”

But the best way accept a compliment?


If you’re really good at something and you’ve worked hard for it, then for f**k’s sake BE OK WITH THE FACT THAT YOU’RE GOOD AT IT.

You don’t have to be a douche about it. There’s a difference between saying “Thanks, I am pretty good, aren’t I?” and “Thanks, I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved.” And if someone’s going to think less of you because you’re proud of an achievement, well, I think they deserve an un-friending anyway.

Here’s how to own it:

COLLEAGUE: “Wow, you did so well in that 10km fun run!”
YOU: “Thanks, I ran a personal best – I’m really happy with that!”

FRIEND: “I wish I could play guitar like you. You’re amazing!”
YOU: “Thanks – I practice every day – it’s helped me improve a lot.”

CAR PASSENGER: “Nice parallel park.”

(Ok, maybe you can be a douche every now and again ;))

I strongly encourage you to give it a go. The more you practice receiving compliments gracefully, the easier it will get. And then it will become second nature. And your confidence in your own abilities will grow.

So go out there, own what you’re good at, and say ‘thank you’. You deserve it, rock star!

(Oh, and if you want to further build your confidence when receiving compliments and making small talk, join my free Small Talk Made Simple class. Simply pop your name and email in the box below!)

Share these thank you quotes and sayings with people who have made a We must find time to stop and thank the people who make a difference in our Pin it! you, or offering other words of appreciation, along with sincere compliments and .

100 Funny and Clever Replies to Compliments

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The responses can go one of three ways. One is deflection: responding with “oh it was nothing” or “it’s not as good as it could be,” or some other reaction negating the compliment. The thinking, says Owen, is that “if I agree with the compliment, I may look like I’m full of myself, and have a big ego.”

The second common response is to prattle on, which is its own form of deflection. If someone has told you how well your presentation went, you launch into the entire saga of your childhood stage fright, and your speeches that bombed in the past. This is also problematic, as “nobody wants to be lassoed into listening to a monologue just because they said something nice to you,” Owen says.

Being Wary Of Flattery

Finally, people can give compliments too much weight. Self-help guru Dale Carnegie identified compliments as a key strategy in his classic book How to Win Friends and Influence People: “Nothing else so inspires and heartens people as words of appreciation,” he wrote. While he wasn’t suggesting flattery for evil ends, compliments can be an effective form of manipulation. You’re more likely to buy when the salesman tells you how great that jacket looks.

So how can you take a compliment well? “If someone says something nice to you, a really great response is to simply say thank you,” says Owen. This is easier said than done, of course, but there are a few ways to change your thinking about it.

Expressing Gratitude

First, you do not have to agree with the compliment or agree with the motivations for a simple “thank you” to be the right response. There are many tragedies in the world and yet in this world of woe, someone has paused in their day to say something nice. “It’s such a great thing when you think about it,” says Owen.

We can be happy about this small moment of good for its own sake. “It’s just about expressing gratitude,” says Owen. “I don’t think we need to complicate it.” When viewed this way, “The other person’s motivations are not important, just as your own inner life in the exact moment a compliment is received is not really important either.”

You do not have to feel great about yourself in order to thank the person for introducing some positive vibes into the universe. Nor do you have to change any boundaries, or change any decisions you have made about what to do (such as not buying that jacket) because of this moment of positivity.

As for the prattling on, that is because many people find it difficult to see “thank you” as a full sentence. It certainly can be a full thought on its own. But if you want to say something else, you can always add “I appreciate your saying that.” Then continue with the conversation, perhaps asking how the other person developed an interest in this topic you are talking about. Your motto should be “give generously, receive graciously,” Owen says. If you do, you’re more likely to continue to receive compliments in the future.

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Words of Thanks and Appreciation

thank you for your sweet compliment


Make your thank you note brief and sincere. What you say should be positive and truthful.


1. Express your thanks for the person's thoughtfulness.

  • It was thoughtful of you to write about the service you received at the Doe Inn.
  • Thank you for your kind words about Jane Doe, our sales manager in Springfield.
  • Your comments about my presentation really made my day. Thank you very much.
  • Thank you for your generous response to my speech at the Eastern States Conference last week.
  • I was surprised but very pleased that anyone would take the time to comment so positively on our performance last night.
  • Thank you for your kind words regarding my presentation last week. I hope the others benefited as well. Should the need arise, I would be happy to help out again.
  • Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed your stay at the Doe Bed and Breakfast. It was a pleasure for us to get acquainted with you. We hope to see you again the next time you pass through Springfield.
  • Thanks for taking the time to comment on my presentation. It's a pleasure to work with you.
  • How thoughtful of you to send me copies of those complimentary newspaper articles! I appreciate your taking so much interest in the company's success.
  • I am glad to hear that you found the training sessions helpful. It is always good to hear that we have made a difference.
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  • to take the time to
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  • your comments about

2. Comment on the pleasure the compliment or praise gave you.

  • We are always happy to hear that our staff is going the second mile and upholding the high ideals of Doe Associates.
  • I was concerned that I would be unable to reach my audience with this message, so your comments were especially welcome.
  • It means a lot to each of us when someone takes the time to recognize the work we do.
  • I have always respected your opinion, so your kind words were especially meaningful.
  • It's nice to know that our employees really do go out of their way to meet our patrons' needs.
  • We thoroughly enjoyed it and are happy to know that you felt the same.
  • In today's highly competitive market, we especially appreciate your compliments.
  • acknowledgment means a great deal
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  • really appreciate your appraisal
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  • your stamp of approval

3. If others were involved, explain that you will share the welcome comments with them.

  • I will share your letter with Ms. Doe, and it will become a part of her employment file.
  • I have taken the liberty of sharing your words of praise with all those who have taken part in this year's production.
  • I have passed a copy of your letter to Mr. Doe, my assistant who helped with the graphics.
  • The staff members you referred to will receive a copy of your letter. Thank you.
  • Your review delighted all the performers who worked so hard to put the show together.
  • I will convey your compliment to the entire committee. I am sure they will be delighted to hear what you have to say. We all hope to continue this service for a long time.
  • The presentation was truly a group effort involving dozens of students. They will be delighted to hear that you enjoyed the performance.
  • all those who were involved
  • appropriate people will be notified
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4. Close with a final expression of your appreciation.

  • Thanks again for your thoughtfulness.
  • I appreciate your taking the time to write.
  • Thank you for your note, and best wishes.
  • Thanks once more for your vote of confidence.
  • Thank you for your kind comments.
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  • You are a real gem, Suzanne. Thanks for being such a thoughtful and considerate friend.
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Thank Someone For a Compliment or Praise | Letter-Writing Guide

thank you for your sweet compliment

Saying thank you is a simple and often overlooked way to show someone how much they mean to you. The gesture is made even more special when you’ve taken the time to include a small gift and handwrite a nice message in order to express your gratitude.

We’ve shared some of our favorite ways to say thank you that are sure to put a smile on anyone’s face.

To say thank you for a thoughtful gift

Did you just have a birthday, wedding or baby shower and want to thank your party guests for showering you with gifts? A thoughtful note is a great way to share your gratitude. Make the sentiment really special by telling them specifically how they’ve brightened your day. Don’t be afraid to have some fun or admit how excited you are to use their gift!

Start your letter with one of these sentiments:

  • I just wanted to write to say thanks a bunch for the gift!
  • Thank you for the beautiful blouse, I can’t wait to wear it this weekend.
  • Thank you for coming to my birthday party, it was more special getting to celebrate with you.
  • The new picture frame will look perfect in my college dorm room, thank you!
  • This is exactly what I’ve been wanting, thank you so much for getting it for me.
  • Thank you for the gift card, it will help me get everything I need for my upcoming move.
  • The coffee mug you sent is so me. Thank you for making my mornings brighter.
  • I’m so grateful for the housewarming gift you sent, our place is one step closer to feeling like home because of it.
  • I know you spent a lot of time picking out the perfect gift for me and I feel blessed to have such a thoughtful friend in my life.

To express your gratitude for a kind deed

Whether a friend, family member or stranger has gone out of their way for you, surprise them with a small gift to show that their kind deed didn’t go unnoticed! A candle or incense are both inexpensive options to add to your thank you note for a little something extra.

You can customize one of these for your situation:

  • I can’t even begin to explain how much your help meant to me.
  • Thank you for always stepping in to help when I need you most.
  • Thank you for taking the time to help me, it really meant a lot.
  • Thank you for sharing your home with me, I had such a great time catching up.
  • My stomach (and I) want to thank you for that delicious meal.
  • You made me feel so at home that I forgot I wasn’t! Thank you for having me.
  • Thank you for putting a roof over my head this weekend, it was so kind to invite me into your home.
  • Thank you for hosting my event, my day just wouldn’t have been the same without you!
  • Thank you for the raving letter of recommendation, I can’t wait to start my new job.

To tell a friend “thank you for being you”

They are your partner in crime and have your back no matter what. Let your bestie know how much they mean to you by putting together a gift basket that’s just for them. Customize it with their favorite drink, a gift card to that boutique they always talk about, or items like bubble bath, an eye mask and slippers for a relaxing night in. Play with silly puns or recount your favorite memory with them to show how much their friendship means to you.

Here are some other ways to let a friend know how great they are:

  • Have a drink on me.
  • You’re a peach! Thanks for your help.
  • Where would I be without a friend like you?
  • What you did for me was kind of a big deal. Thank you.
  • How did you become so wise? Thanks again for all of your advice.
  • You are my angel, thank you for your kindness and compassion.
  • You know all my secrets and weird quirks, yet you’re still my bestie. Thank you.
  • I don’t say it enough, but I just wanted to say thank you for always having my back.
  • Do you have to train to be so amazing? Because you are definitely the best friend anyone could ask for!
  • You’re my partner in crime, thanks for always supporting my crazy ideas!
  • You are a ray of sunshine to me and everyone else around. Thank you for brightening my day!
  • Words can’t even express my thanks, but I hope this gift will help show you how grateful I am for a friend like you.
  • Thank you for helping me through that difficult time. If you ever need a shoulder to cry on, I have two for you.

To say thank you to your significant other

Do you have a spouse or significant other that is always surprising you with kind acts? Take the time to tell them how much you love them by baking a sweet treat or buying them their favorite dessert. Add a short note with three reasons why they are amazing and watch their smile light up the room.

Get inspired to tell your sweetie how much you love them with one of these kind thoughts:

  • I appreciate you.
  • I’d be lost without you.
  • You make my heart smile.
  • Thank you for being my superhero!
  • How can I make your day amazing?
  • How did I get so lucky? I’m so grateful you choose to be with me.
  • I have a big bear hug waiting for you the next time I see you!
  • You’re the sweetest! Thank you for everything you do!
  • I already made dinner tonight, thank you for being so wonderful.
  • When I think about things I’m grateful for, you are always on the list.
  • It’s a rare thing to find someone as generous and kind as you. Thank you.
  • Thank you for supporting my dreams, no matter what. I couldn’t ask for a better partner.
  • Just when I thought I couldn’t love you more, you did that. Thank you for being so amazing!

To say thank you to your boss or colleague for their support

There are a few different moments when it’s appropriate to take the time to tell your boss or colleagues how much you appreciate them and their work. Maybe you just finished a project that you know you couldn’t have done without a co-worker’s expertise or your manager just lent valuable advice. Say thank you by giving some savory snacks to the person that needs a mid-afternoon pick me up or a new coffee mug to the early riser.

Here are a few ideas for telling someone that you are grateful for their contributions:

  • Thank you for helping me with this project.
  • Thanks again for meeting with me today.
  • Thank you for taking the time to explain this.
  • Thank you for leading by example.
  • Thank you for being such a great leader. The other team members and I are really inspired by your actions.
  • I truly enjoy being a part of your team.
  • Thank you for being such an inspiration to me and others around you.
  • Thank you for entrusting me with this project.
  • I appreciate your dedication.
  • Thank you for sharing your honest feedback about the project.
  • We are grateful for your dedication to the team and company.
  • Thank you for making this such an awesome place to work every day!
  • Thank you for having confidence in my abilities.
  • I really appreciate your flexibility and willingness to work with me on this.
  • Thank you for the opportunity to work here. I will do my very best to exceed your expectations of my abilities.
  • Thank you for your email, it was really appreciated.
  • Thanks for your attention on the matter.
  • I want to express my gratitude for everything that you’ve helped me achieve here.
  • I appreciate you considering me for this position. I look forward to hearing from you.
  • Thank you for sharing your opinion. I value your honesty and will respond as quickly as possible.
  • Thank you for always going above and beyond to ensure the success of a project.
  • I appreciate your hard work and want you to know it doesn’t go unnoticed.

Other ways to say thank you in any occasion

The great thing about saying thank you, is that it just needs to be sincere to matter. For those times where a simple, heartfelt reminder of your gratitude is all that’s needed, these will do the trick:

  • I appreciate what you did.
  • Thank you for thinking of me.
  • Thank you for your time today.
  • I value and respect your opinion.
  • I am so thankful for what you did.
  • I wanted to take the time to thank you.
  • I really appreciate your help. Thank you.
  • Your kind words warmed my heart.
  • I just want to say thanks for helping me with my project.
  • It was so nice to hear from you. Thank you for reaching out.
  • Thanks a lot for your help – I couldn’t have done it without you!

If you really want to make someone’s day, include a gift basket or some tasty treats that you picked out just for them to enjoy. No matter how you say it or what gift you surprise someone with, they are sure to appreciate your gratitude.

Click here to download our free printables that will give you nine great ways to say thank you, like with a gift tag or coffee sleeve!


However, politely accepting a compliment will make you seem more modest than In those situations, you might feel compelled to say, “Thanks, but it was really.

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