Elaine bones

Elaine bones

The other day, I recommended Bad Sisters, the Irish black comedy, to my friend Colby. He immediately began watching it and texted me over the next few days about whose house he’d want to live in (Eva’s) and which sister he had the biggest crush on (Becca). We went back and forth about the show and then I told him:

Then we started talking about nice compliments we’ve gotten in the past. Sometimes kind words can be so meaningful.

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While traveling with friends, a guy friend once told me, “I love to watch you parent.” Omg, I will never forget that.

Have you seen videos of Troy Hawke? He’s a character created and played by British comedian Milo McCabe, and he’s a GENIUS at complimenting passersby. (You can watch his hilarious reels on his Instagram.) He inspires me to think deeply about the very specific things that I love about my friends and relatives and let them know.

So! Your turn: What’s a compliment you’ve gotten — serious or not — that made you feel good? What kind words have become part of your mental furniture?

P.S. 12 readers share what they love about their looks, and what about yourself do you take pride in?