Accepting Compliments with Grace and Gratitude as a Healing StrongBlackWoman

I am thankful each time someone lets me know of their appreciation for me, who I am and what I do – even if I don’t think it’s a big deal.

We have a tendency to brush off praise and demur when we are complimented – allow yourself to accept the good things said about you and use them to build your self-esteem and self-confidence!

These situations help remind me what I have to offer the world – my kindness, my unique visual and aesthetic appeal, or the practical skills I’ve built because of and despite my struggles.

Try this affirmation: I accept compliments with grace and gratitude.

I look at each compliment as a gift. When someone goes out of their way to be kind to me, I want to accept their gift graciously. When someone gives me a physical gift, I am always sure to say, “Thank you,” so why not feel pleased and say it when they give me the gift of praise?

When I accept compliments with grace and gratitude, I also find myself complimenting others more easily and frequently. This spreads happiness.

Like a stone dropped into a pond, when I accept a compliment, positive feelings and actions radiate out from me and touch the lives of other people.

Although I may sometimes feel tempted to brush off praise, I remember that most people are offering it authentically. They truly believe that I deserve their praise. So instead of deflecting their affirmations, I am sure to say, “Thank you.”

Today, I am gracious when receiving compliments. I am thankful each time someone chooses to give me a compliment. Each day, I practice saying, “Thank you” to praise, instead of deflecting it.

Self-Reflection Questions: Use these questions to encourage introspection and self-analysis – consider using them as journaling prompts as well…

  1. How do I feel when I receive a compliment?
  2. Can I choose to say “Thank you,” regardless of how I feel about the praise?
  3. How can I show grace and gratitude when someone compliments me?