5 Fool-Proof Ways to Give a Meaningful Compliment

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Who doesn’t like receiving compliments? It seems like a no-brainer! But if you’ve ever received a bad compliment, you’ll know first-hand that there’s a fine line between a compliment that makes the other person feel good and one that makes them cringe and roll their eyes. 

So what makes a good compliment? If you want to charm your date, get someone to notice you or show your partner some love but generic compliments and pick-up lines aren’t your thing, don’t worry! Here are 5 tips for the next time you want to give a compliment that will make them smile.

Infographic listing 5 Fool-Proof Ways to Give a Meaningful Compliment

1. Be specific.

Think of something you particularly like about the person and make the compliment specific to them! Instead of simply saying “You look nice”, try something like “That color really complements your eyes.”

2. Comment on their appearance.

This is a surefire way to make them feel instantly good about themselves! If you think they’re looking particularly stunning, be sure to let them know: “Is that a new top? It looks so great on you!”

3. Highlight the non-aesthetic too.

Beauty is more than skin deep. Show that special someone you appreciate them by complimenting them on something that has nothing to do with appearance, such as their sense of humor, kindness, intelligence or ambition.

4. Notice the amount of effort they put in.

When you see someone giving their best, acknowledge it. People like to feel appreciated, so let them know you see them! Try “I really admire how you handled that!” or “Thank you for everything you do”.

5. Get deep.

Don’t be afraid to lay it all out on the table and tell them why they’re so special to you on a deeper level. Maybe they take you out of your comfort zone in the best way or maybe they’re everything you hoped to find in a partner. Let them know!

Chetna Jaraim

Chetna Jaraim

Chetna is a content writer and copy editor from Canada who loves hiking in the Rocky Mountains. She writes about life experiences in the hopes that others will benefit. She dated her husband for eight years and with communication, trust, change, and growth, she believes any relationship can last.

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