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.