It requires two people for a generous act to manifest – a giver and a receiver. In the absence of a graceful receiver, generosity can turn into awkwardness.
Every genuine compliment is a generous act through which a person acknowledges your contribution, and cares enough to let you know. And yet, this isn’t clear to many of us. There are several generous compliments I have brushed off with affected modesty. As I’ve grown up, I have realized how compliments are rare, and it is this scarcity that helps me acknowledge its value.
To have a compliment accepted feels good, while its rejection can feel like stepping on somebody’s toes. To gracefully accept a compliment isn’t hard. A simple thank you goes a long way.