Last Updated on 4 months ago by Nicky Johnson
If you’re someone who tends to always feel weird or self-conscious when someone gives you a compliment, you’ll be glad to know that there are things that you can do to get over these feelings and learn to take any compliment given to you with grace and gratitude.
To help you see how this can be accomplished for you, here are three tips for learning how to take a compliment.
Give More Compliments To Others
While it’s common for people to feel awkward when someone gives them a compliment, one thing that you can do to help you overcome this feeling is to start giving out more compliments to others.
This can help you see what it’s like to be on the other side of a compliment and can help you get a better handle on how you’d like others to see you respond in this type of situation.
People usually give compliments to others to help them feel good and to show them that they’ve noticed something nice about them.
So if you can get yourself into the mindset of a person who’s giving a lot of compliments and you can start to see that there aren’t many expectations on that side of the compliment, you may begin to feel less pressure when you’re given a compliment.
Just Say “Thank You”
Part of the reason why many people feel uncomfortable when given a compliment is that they don’t know how to respond. But while your instinct might be to explain the compliment away by saying something like,
“They’re actually dental implants I got in Woburn,” when someone compliments your smile or, “You should really see how good so-and-so is at this thing,” when someone compliments your efforts, the best response to a compliment is to just say, “Thank you.”
Nothing needs to be explained or added when you’re given a compliment. You really can just express thanks for the compliment and move on without pressure for anything else.
Take Your Body Language Into Account
While your voice might be saying something appreciative of the compliment you’re being given if your body language says something else, the person giving the compliment might find it hard to believe what you’re saying. Because of this, you should try to keep in mind your body language when responding to a compliment.
To fake it until you make it with this, try leaning toward the person giving the compliment just slightly as you express your thanks. And if you can muster up a smile, or at least not a scowl, this can help your body language be more warm and welcoming, too.
If you want to stop feeling awkward every time someone gives you a compliment, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you overcome these feelings.