It’s always nice to receive a compliment. But some compliments are so unique and genuine, they stick with you forever.
Here, people share the most memorable compliment they’ve ever received.
1. In high school, there was a girl everyone made fun of. She had some really unfortunate acne. One day I witnessed the mean girls taking her down a peg. I decided as a well liked guy, I’d use my power for good and made an effort to chat publicly with her everyday at lunch.
Flash to 10 years later, after my mothers death, and I was cleaning out her bedroom. I found a card in my mothers drawer sent to her by this girl. It was a thank you card and inside it said “your son is the one drop of brightness in an otherwise dreary world, thank you for teaching him to color outside the lines”. Something about that compliment, and the idea that my mother had held onto it for so long, I found it really touching.
2. I’ll never forget my 4th grade science teacher. I was getting hell from one of my other teachers for how bad my hand writing was. I don’t know why we were discussing it, but I’ll never forget Mrs. Miles put her hand on my shoulder and curtly told Mrs. Dyle that I wouldn’t need good handwriting, because I’d have my own secretary.
I still remember how much it meant to be to have a teacher believe in me so much.
3. We were talking about someone who is one of those people that just lights up the room when they walk in, you know the ones. I said, “aw, I love those kinds of people”. They said, “you are that person!”
4. After a church funeral service, the widow of the deceased came to see me in the organ loft and said, “Your music helped turn what could have been a mournful occasion into a celebration of my husband’s life. Thank you.”
I’ve never forgotten her kindness and thoughtfulness in saying so.
5. Very bright and extremely kind. A social worker used these words to describe me in the notes that she wrote during our first meeting. I was 16 and in need of foster care: My grandmother, who had been my primary caregiver, had died five years earlier, and since then I had struggled to find a permanent home. At that time, I was painfully insecure. But this assessment, which was on an official document, changed all that.
The words were seeds of hope in my teenage years. They helped me become a successful, confident adult.
6. “You better not die first, life would be boring without you.”
My longtime girlfriend.
7. I went back to school in my mid 20’s feeling super low about myself and out of place. I had this history prof who seemed crotchety and his papers were tough. One of mine came back to me with ‘this was a pleasure to read and is completely deserving of an A’.
Might seem small but considering I was convinced I was dumb and out of my league, I really needed to hear something like that. Dude probably has no idea how much that short comment on a paper meant to me.
8. A couple of years ago ago I was asked to help an autistic guy (about 17 at the time) out by having a day of fun with him at a theme park. We had a lot of fun and he was no trouble at all. At the end of the day he turned to me very seriously and said: “I know you are with me because of what I am, but you did not make me feel like that at all. You actually seemed to enjoy me and our day together. I am really happy someone can just accept what I am and not constantly talk about how they accept me.”
9. When I was in high school a girl from my drama class gave me a letter in a bright pink envelope that said something to the effect of “I wish I could be like you. You don’t seem to care what other people think and you can just be yourself. I want to be like that someday”.
10. Last summer I was in the show Fiddler on the Roof. The girl playing the youngest daughter was quiet and shy so to encourage her to come out of her shell, I stayed in character almost constantly and treated her like she was really my daughter. She loved it and really blossomed as an actress throughout the production. We had a lot of fun with the show and it went off swimmingly.
Fast forward 6 months. That same girl is in a junior high English class that happens to be across the hall from the classroom my wife teaches in. The teacher has a student write something powerful and share it with the class each week. This young lady wrote about the previous summer where her father walked out on her and her mother. She then broke down in tears as she explained that having someone act as a father figure is all that got her through that summer. She was suffering immensely and my antics acting as a bumbling, caring father helped lead the way through her own personal darkness.
I had no idea. That wonderful young lady said I helped her through the most trying time of her life simply by being me.
11. An elderly dementia patient that I was care giving for told me that I was “a good nap-maker” as I was petting her head. It still gives me warm fuzzies.
12. “If you were a guy I would totally have sex with you.”
This would have been an awesome compliment if I wasn’t already a guy. This “compliment” made me decide to cut my hair.
13. A guy on a German language chat, after the discussion had briefly turned to English to accommodate someone who didn’t speak German, told me my English was excellent.
I’m American. In other words, the fact that he complimented me on my English means he assumed I was German, thus he was unwittingly complimenting my German.
14. When I started dating the love of my life, he told me that he hadn’t been able to whistle in years- had Bell’s palsy a couple years before- but since he and I had gotten together he had started again.
He said, “You gave me my whistle back.” Sweetest thing I’ve ever been told.
15. While bussing tables I had a father come over to me and ask me if I was the goalkeeper for our local high school. I told him I was and he told me that my playing was the reason why his 12 year old daughter wanted to be a goalkeeper and he would take her to our home games so she could study my playing. He then asked me if I could take a picture with her and I did.
A year later I got a career ending injury that is still heartbreaking today. But knowing I did something to help out another young woman really does help me when the sadness of losing everything I had worked so hard for gets too difficult to manage. I hope she’s out there playing now.
16. “I want you to marry my daughter” from my best friends dad. I’ll never forget that.
17. “You’re a nice person to be quiet with” set my introverted heart aglow.
18. A couple of days ago, actually. I said posted my Spotify “Party Mix” and a bunch of people took interest in it. It got almost 800 followers in a day and a ton of people were PMing me saying it was the best playlist they had ever heard.
I care about music a ton, and love sharing both music I create and music I like to listen to with people. It was a huge compliment to me when so many people responded positively.
19. A neurologist told me I had an unremarkable brain. I was delighted.
20. I was working at a coffee shop and one day an older woman came in. She ordered and I was making her drink and making small talk, she really didn’t stand out at all, just a regular customer. As I handed her her drink she paused.
As I handed her a drink, she paused and said “You know, you have a really beautiful smile” and I started to say thank you and she interrupted and said “No really, your smile is a gift and people with gifts like that should be aware they have them”. I was so taken aback I didn’t even know what to say, and she just walked off. It comes to mind every time I’m in a bad mood and brightens my smile a bit.
21. A friend of mine drunkenly told me one night, “You are so on top of your crap. Like, when stuff needs to get done, you get that stuff done.” Having spent years struggling to learn how to stay organized and on task, that compliment meant more to me than any “you’re pretty” or “you’re smart”.
22. A 7 year old told me my drawings were “like real life, only better” It’s worth so much more coming from a child. I’m an artist and I think this is the best compliment I’ll ever get.
23. Back in college a couple female friends told my roommate and I that they “love coming over here. It’s like hanging out in an episode of Seinfeld.”
24. One of my best friends told me that I’m “the kind of person that can pick up something new and already be good at it.” That was over 10 years ago while we were drawing in class and it still makes me feel good about myself. I play a few instruments and skate a lot, whenever I’m feeling down or like I’m not progressing I think about what he said.
25. The best compliment I ever received was from my best friend since high school on being the godfather to his son.
“Out of everyone I know, you were the only person I could think of who could raise my son better than me.”
26. ‘You are a very fast, I pray for your success!’ From an elderly man walking laps of the athletics track when I was training.
27. “When you smile, it’s hard not to smile too”.
28. “Your food tastes like you care about the people that eat it.”
Changed my damn life.
29. I was once told I was “cute like an ewok” in the first grade. It is my favorite compliment to this day.
30. My professor once said to me, “You know, you’re really lucky. You’re the type of person that when you talk, everyone stops to listen. Not everyone has that.”