There’s a certain high you get when someone says something truly, genuinely kind about you. Sure, classic compliments (“You look so great in that sweater!”) always bring a smile, but they’re so tried-and-true that they don’t have quite the impact as an original one-liner. Here are a few we’ve heard lately that we want to borrow sometime:
- “You look like a bag of money.” — Overheard at work. No, really. Sure, it sparked some debate (“Are you saying I look rich…and lumpy?”), but it achieved three things: Garnered a few laughs, spurred an actual conversation, rather than a drive-by “nice outfit!” “Thanks!” exchange, and made the complimentee blush.
- “Your posts always make me think.” — Social media can sometimes feel like you’re shouting into the void, so why not let that person whose tweets you always read know that their voice matters? (And hey, just because the messages get your wheels turning doesn’t mean you have to agree with them all.)
- “You’re incredibly beautiful, and that’s the least interesting thing about you.” — Okay, group “awww” moment. When a redditor asked for the warmest, most beautiful, uplifting thing to say to another person, this reply received 2,354 points, and it’s easy to see why. Please excuse us while we melt into a puddle on the floor.
- “You have such an eye for catching trends early on.” — That friend who started wearing over-the-knee socks a year ago and rocked candy-colored hair way before Chloe Nørgaard and Katy Perry probably catches some flak from people who just don’t get her look (yet).
- “I’m scared of walking out of this room, and never feeling the rest of my life the way I feel when I’m with you.” — This isn’t the kind of line you fling around to just anyone, and you may get called out for stealing it from Dirty Dancing, but you’ve got to admit, it’s pretty smooth.
- Committing to the laugh. When someone says something truly knee-slappingly funny, show it. It’s all too easy to play it cool and merely chuckle, but there are few feelings greater than knowing you honestly cracked someone up, so let that laugh out. Even if you snort a little.