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How to Take a Compliment

After a few days in London, I recognized a pattern. It seems to be a common theme that Brits are uncomfortable taking compliments. In response to this realization I decided to vlog about it! In this video I offer tips on how to take a compliment, as well as how to practice receiving.


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5:54PM PST on Feb 21, 2013

good to be aware of

3:51AM PDT on Sep 18, 2012

interesting, thanks for sharing

11:28AM PDT on Aug 4, 2012

sometimes they are empty. people want to be nice and lie. they are false compliments.

like telling someone "yes, your idea for that movie you call Cave Mom, the one where some weird rift brings a 'cavewoman' into modren day and she shacks up with the widowed archaeologist and his 4 children, one of which is a typical agnsty teen with problems, and a 8 year old with fears and issues and no self essteme. it would make a great film!"

or telling someone who has half a face, a flipper for an arm and obscenity that they are pretty.

11:18AM PDT on Jul 23, 2012

You are beautiful and wonderful all of you.

2:14AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

It's true! We are up our own arses and it's also because we are suspicious, and think 'What do you want?'

2:11AM PDT on Jul 21, 2012

Gushing, "I love you!You're the greatest ever!" is a touch over effusive. I think most people, even "Brits" are quite happy to accept sincere sounding compliments even from those they don't know.

7:05PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

Not that I get that many compliments. On the rare occasion when one came my way, a grin and a mumbled "Aw, shucks" was my response. I can comment more on the matter of Giving compliments. I find that when it comes to complimenting beautiful young (in my case, anywhere under 50yo) ladies it comes much easier for a man well past the "predatory" age. The element of suspected shady intentions is absent. Well into my 80-ties I used to break off a bloom or two from a flowering bush in my supemarket car park before walking in and present it to this or that young lady bank teller or at the deli counter or wherever and everywhere I was rewarded by a sweet smile. Nobody was embarrassed and the day was brighter for both parties.

2:33PM PDT on Jul 20, 2012

So - I watched the video righjt through. It was all about learning 'how to TAKE compliments' and othing aty all about learning how to GIVE them.

IMO, if you practice giving compliments it then becomes much easier learing how to recieve them.
So start voicing your thoughts and telling that woman sitting opposite you on the bus what a lovely scarf she's wearing, that child what lovely manners he has, etc. Then, when soneone compliments you it won't see so alien. (Besides, think how many people's days you can brghten up with just a few priceless words that cost you nothing.)

11:00AM PDT on Jul 20, 2012


10:51PM PDT on Jul 19, 2012

Thank you.

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