How To Respond To a Compliment: Examples for Work, Personal Life and More

Research has shown that receiving praise, a compliment, or a positive work review can have the same effect on someone receiving a cash award. But if this is really the case, then why don’t we find the whole experience more well, pleasant? Oftentimes, receiving a compliment can feel pretty awkward.

Here's how to respond:

If your boss or coworker compliments your work:

– Thank you! I really appreciate the feedback. – That's so good to hear! I'm glad [it turned out well/you were pleased with the result/our hard work paid off]. – Thank you!

If someone compliments your appearance: 

– Thank you! – Thank you for noticing; I [insert detail here, such as “I just bought the blouse this weekend,” or “I thought I'd try a new color, glad it's working!” or “I found it at the new vintage store downtown.”]. – Thank you so much; that made my day!

How do you respond to a thank you email from your boss?

The same way you respond in person: with a thank you! A short note is acceptable — what you want to convey is that you've seen the praise. While not responding may seem like a good idea, especially if you're trying to avoid clogging up their inbox, trust me, you'll want to acknowledge you received the message.

How do you gracefully accept a compliment?

– Thank the person for complimenting you in whatever language feels appropriate to you. – Your tone of voice should reflect gratitude, happiness, embarrassment ), or another positive emotion  Try to avoid sounding dismissive or condescending.