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Don’t ‘argue’ a compliment.

The only thing you need to say is, “thank you”.

My dear friend Vonne had a recent experience that prompted this weeks Manner Monday.  Here is an excerpt of what happened:

…”My daughter and I were at the grocery store the other day when a mom and her two sons walked up behind us.  The boys were about 8 & 10 years old.  Her two boys immediately ‘befriended’ my daughter and were being really nice and chatty with her.  I looked at the mom, smiled and said something like, “Your boys are so sweet.”  Her response kind of baffled me.  She kind of rolled her eyes and says, “Yeah, right.”  Wow, I didn’t really know what to say.  I was a little off-put because I then felt like I needed to explain WHY I thought they were so sweet.  So I chuckled and said something like, “Well, at least they’re being sweet right now.”

How many times have you ‘argued’ a compliment?

Compliment:  “Your dress is so pretty.”  Argued response:  “This old thing, wow, I’ve had it for 10 years.”

Compliment:  “I love your hair.”  Argued response:  “My hair? Oh, it’s driving me nuts.  I really need a haircut.”

Think about how you respond to compliments.  A compliment is an expression of praise, congratulation or encouragement.

Shouldn’t it be received as such?


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