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How to Take a Compliment

If you're left speechless when someone gives you a compliment, follow these tips and feel better about yourself the next time it happens.


  • Step 1: Smile and say, "Thank you" Smile and say, "Thank You" when someone offers you a compliment.
  • Step 2: Avoid deflection Avoid deflecting the compliment or pointing out your weaknesses. This is a sign of low self-esteem.
  • TIP: Teach children to accept a compliment so that they will be more comfortable with receiving them later in life.
  • Step 3: Own accomplishments Own your accomplishments and be proud of your hard work. Don't try to pass them off as luck.
  • TIP: Avoid being cocky or arrogant when accepting a compliment – be confident but humble.
  • Step 4: Return compliment Return a compliment with one directed at the person who complimented you.
  • Step 5: Be gracious Don't negate or dismiss the compliment – this may be viewed as selfish or insincere. Be gracious when accepting compliments. Treat compliments as you would a tangible gift or present.
  • FACT: Did you know? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that antidepressants are the most prescribed medication in the United States.

You Will Need

  • Self-confidence
  • Humility
  • Graciousness

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