There’s nothing better than getting a truly good compliment. Not a surface-level accolade that fades away, but the sort of thing that sticks to your heart.
These are the ones that truly stayed with the people of Reddit.
1. Pride and joy
My 6 year old said “Im proud of you, daddy” one day after a long day of school and work.
He had just learned what ‘proud’ meant and was using it a lot, but this one hit differently.
2. Extremely cute
A random guy at a coffee shop wrote, “I just wanted you to know, I think you’re EXTREMELY CUTE!” on a scrap of paper and dropped it on my table as he walked out.
It’s still taped to my monitor and this happened in 1998.
3. Safety and security
My gf earlier this evening told me ‘I feel safe when I’m with you.’
As an addict in recovery, that is a huge one to hear. Very humbling.
Probably made my whole next week.
4. Being genuine
I was told “You are the most genuine person I have ever met.”
5. Get it together
“I’m proud of you.”
—my dad, after I managed to get my bipolar disorder stabilized, built a life for myself, and repaired the fractured relationships with my family members.
I didn’t realize how much I craved his approval until I finally got it.
6. All the way across the sky
“you’re like a triple rainbow. Incredibly beautiful and you only show up once in a lifetime.”
From my best friend – he was too drunk to remember he’d said it the morning after!
But it’s stuck with me. Always makes me smile.
7. A celebration
After a funeral service, the widow of the deceased came to see me at the console before the hearse and procession departed for the cemetery.
As I once related, she said: “I want to thank you for your uplifting music. Instead of what could have been a mournful occasion, you turned my husband’s funeral into a true celebration of his life.”
Not long thereafter, the church received a very substantial check from her to pay for a performance of Mozart’s Requiem with orchestra in his memory.
8. Good kids
“Your son is really well behaved and very sweet.”
I always appreciate it when people compliment our son. That’s more his compliment than mine but still nice to hear.
Especially since my wife and I had him when we were a bit young, and we feel like we are judged sometimes for our age.
That always lets us know we are doing okay though.
9. Hair for it
An old lady on the bus told me women would only dream of having hair as beautiful as mine.
I’m a guy.
10. A beautiful mind
“You have a beautiful mind.”
From a professor famous for being hard on his students.
I worked darn hard in his classes and it felt so good to get that recognition.
11. Little eyes
I was in Ihop and this one orange haired girl looked at me and smiled as she went into the kitchen and then after me and my dad finished eating and paid the girl came again and said “You’re just so cute, I like looking at your little eyes”
I was blushing and smiling the entire way home
12. An absolute privilege
I remember when I was in the 6th grade we used to have these extracurricular clubs once a month. There were many different types, and I picked the writing club, because I loved books. Before the Hunger Games became a big film I had become a huge fan not long after they were first published.
The teacher who was head of the our club was set to retire that year. Once of our assignments was to write a book review about a book we liked. When she read mine she told me how good it was and that, “It would’ve been a privilege to be your teacher.”
The people who came and went along the way of my adolescence left a big impact on me. I think what every kid needs is someone who notices them, believes in them, and tells them in so many words that they are someone of value and potential. I will never forget the peers and the teachers who believed in me along the way.
13. Funniest friend
One of my buddies back in the day of early Facebook was doing one of those survey type things where you give a bunch of accolades to various friends.
He’d never said this to me personally but listed me as the funniest person he knew personally.
I was living off that for a while. Probably still am 😬
14. True strength
One comes to mind in the last few months, one of my long time friend dropped this: “You are inhumanely strong”
It wasn’t about physical strength, rather just dealing with life.
15. Coolest person
For my friends’ wedding they invited their friends [me] and family to a lodge for the weekend, where we spent the time socializing and playing videogames with the ceremony on Saturday. It was an awesome and memorable weekend, and I highly enjoyed myself.
On Sunday evening I was packing my car to go, having said goodbye to most of the family/friends. The groom’s youngest brother [about 14/15] approached me to say “hey man, just wanted to tell you, you were the coolest person I met this weekend.”
It was a simple thing, but meant a lot to me. I didn’t realize I’d made that much of an impact on the kid’s weekend.
I’d keep those around with me too!
What’s the best compliment you can remember getting?
Tell us in the comments.