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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Just say thank you already!

A friend of mine posted something online recently about how when someone gives you a compliment, you should take it in the spirit in which it was intended. She remarked that it can end up hurting the complimenter's feelings if you don't. This really got me thinking about how women and girls seem to have a very hard time accepting compliments.

Think about the last time someone told you they liked your hair, for example. Did you simply smile and say thanks, or did you immediately start making some sort of apologetic explanation, like, "Oh, I didn't even style it today," or, "Thanks, but I really need to touch up my roots."

Why do we have such a hard time just taking a compliment? It's like we fear being seen as vain or "too sure" of ourselves unless we act a little embarrassed when someone says something nice about us. Why should we be afraid that if we don't downplay it, we'll be seen as less than humble? Or is there another cause for our reluctance altogether?

I think maybe we need to learn to take a compliment and just say "thank you" sincerely, believing that the person means what they said and realizing we are *worth* the compliment.

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