That my handwriting wasn't messy, it was creative. My freshman year HS history teacher told me that, and 24 years later it's still my favorite Whether he intended it as a compliment is another story...
I don't need personal compliments very much but it will make my year if just one client at work would tell us that they appreciate the hard work we do for their pets. Hearing I'm a good vet is always good when thrown in there too.
Best compliment I ever received was actually made to my boyfriend... an older (late 70's) couple was looking at us throughout dinner.. when they got up to leave, they stopped and the husband said:
"I would like to compliment you in your choice in company"...
So elegant and the wife was just nodding along. Thought that was very well said.
Otherwise, just a mention of how passionate I am about my work, or a recognition of how hard I work is the best thing for me... even though not needed, it's nice!
I try to share compliments as often as possible... even if it's to a stranger in line at Starbucks in the AM about a piece of jewelry or anything.. it makes people
Proudly living in my "let's save the world bubble"!
I have 2 young children (they are about to turn 1 & 4 in May and June), the other night we were out to dinner after my older daughters swim lesson and as the table next to us was leaving a 50's'ish couple came over and complemented on how beautiful and well behaved our children were. So glad to hear that at this point I haven't screwed up and my kids are not viewed as Satan's Spawn!
A general compliment that would mean a lot to me is like someone else pointed out, being told you are a wonderful role model.
Now my most awesome compliment I've ever had? I attended a reception at the governor's mansion to honor my (soon to be at the time) mother in law (I was 24). I was dressed in a great formal dress, had my hair up in a French twist and makeup/ whole nine yards. Hung out at the reception for about an hour and about 45 minutes in, an old lady (had to be in her 70's) walks up to me and says "Excuse me dear, but my husband over there thinks you are just the most beautiful girl he's ever seen and he's too shy to come tell you himself". Her husband was the retired chancellor of the university I'd just applied to Graduate School at. Had I possessed the bravado or quickness of wit at the time I would have used that as a great "in" to go try to persuade him to get me admitted, but I was honestly completely flustered and flattered so much I was practically speechless beyond thanking them both.
I'm a bit looped from surgery yesterday, so right now the one freshest in my mind is my bf telling me I'm a strong person as he got me in the car to go home. I've heard that from my family members over the years and I find it to be a great compliment. I have had a lot to deal with in my like so it's been useful.
After I was introduced, my Creative Director said to a fellow industry professional, "This girl's got chops. Keep a close eye out for this one."
It was the first time I heard that I actually had the potential to make it in advertising, from someone who's won about every award under the sun. I'll never forget it. It keeps me going when I'm still slaving away in the studio at 2am.
An older gentleman friend of mine was asked one day if he was my father and he said "I only wish I had a daughter like her" I now call him my adopted dad.
Last week I was dressed up for my husband in a skirt, knee high boots and a blouse. I was having one of those bloated icky days and I really didn't even want to go out, but because we so rarely get the chance I put on the outfit and he was happy. While we were at the bar I got up and danced to one song and went into the bathroom. A few girls walked in and occupied the 2 stalls next to me and started talking about "the slut in the skirt" Since I was the only one in a skirt in the redneck kinda joint we were in, I piped up about not knowing people just by what they were wearing and finished with "from the girl in the skirt" I heard a gasp and a moan and then "really?" I said "yea really" One girl came out and apologized profusely she was in her early twenties and very pretty.
So to make a very long story short, I know being called a slut is supposed to be an insult, but I figured if my late 30's ass was threatening to 2 cute little twenty somethings I must look pretty good (my friend pointed out another benefit to age was the ability to find humor and good in this situation instead of being horrified and upset by it)
A couple of my former, now grown up students have complimented me on being a good role model for them. I was in my early twenties then and being a role model was not first on my mind. But I'm glad I helped them live out their dreams of riding and showing and treating their horses well, appreciating their great blessings.
I love to compliment people and make them smile. It makes me smile!
I once sold a horse to a friend of a friend.
when I walked into that lady's office she looked up and exclaimed that I had the most lovely energy.
I was FLOORED and very flattered, and assumed I was backlit like an angel, lol.