30 Heartfelt Compliments That Made A Big Difference In Someone’s Life

Published 3 weeks ago

Compliments have the power to brighten our days and sometimes even change our lives. Recently, a Reddit user posed a heartfelt question: “What’s a compliment you’ll never forget?”

The responses were as diverse as they were touching, revealing the profound impact a few kind words can have. Here are some of the most memorable compliments shared by Reddit users.

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Years ago I was dragged to this church function by my parents. A man came up to me and told me that he saw me from afar and said I was the spitting image of Coretta Scott King. He went on about how he actually knew her way back when and how beautiful she was, then went on reminiscing. I never believed him but that compliment definitely stuck with me.


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Christmas mid 90’s. My oldest was 3. Money was tight and I felt it constantly. I was tying the cheapest tree we could find to the top of our rusty Toyota. My son was “helping” me. An older man came over and said “You are a wealthy man.” I tear up even now as I type this.


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It was from my sister. I’m a wheelchair user with limited mobility. My sister said to me “You are not useless for not being able to move, you are beautiful and smarter than me, so you’re not useless, you just have different abilities”.


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I love music so I really give it all on the dancefloor when I’m out.

After one of the parties, a guy came up to me, says he’s completely deaf but watching me dance it was almost as if he heard music again.


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While dressed in studded-leather Warrior-Princess mode, complete with boots, gauntlets and sword, at an outdoor summer dance festival, was told I was cool by a boy of about 13. I was nearly 50.


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My ailing grandma told me I was her “favorite person” as her last words to me. I loved her so dearly and it meant a lot.


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“Even if we dont end up together, your kids are lucky to have you as a mother to them”.


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In college I didn’t have many friends my first year. I wasn’t as outgoing as I am now. I was riding the elevator in my dorm when a girl walked in. She smiled and said I have beautiful eyes. I don’t even know if I replied honestly. I’d never had any attribute highlighted by anybody I wasn’t related to. That interaction gave me a big boost in confidence.

It also taught me to compliment people, especially dudes. We never get compliments. If you’re in my zone and are looking fresh, you know I’m gonna tell ya!


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A car full of girls rolled past me slowly one time when I was out shopping and yelled out “GIRL, YOU’RE SO CUTE, WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR DRESS!?”

And that was just so aggressively nice.


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A former Royal Marine told me that the world will be alright as long as there’s men like me in it.

…was kind of wowed ’bout that.


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“you have no idea how safe and destressed I feel after hanging out with you”
Was unexpected as it came from an overly stressed, kinda cynical person who is actually going through a lot.


Yesterday I went swimming and as I got into the hot tub I noticed a mom and her little girl next to me , a couple minutes later as they were leaving the hot tub the mom says to me “ she said , mommy look at that beautiful girl!” my heart ? I’ll never forget that . Sometimes Kids are so sweet.

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You’re the only person I know that I can tell this to. I feel safe with you.


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My brother telling me I looked stunning.


My uncle was once lowkey drunk and I think I was stressed about something probably exams/ toxic school friends.
He then just bashed into my room and told me to be calm. He even then proceeded to tell me that I am a good kid and that my cousin (younger to me) appreciates me as an older sister. He told me I was a good influence on him and was very kind and that he(cousin) always likes to spend time with me.
It felt so good cause this uncle never really talks like that and even though it was a pretty small I felt very proud.

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Yesterday had a dude at the bar tell me i was one of the nicest dudes he has met, all for moving his drink away from the pool chalk station so nothing would get in it.


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“You know, you’d probably be a pretty good person to travel with.“.


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I got a fortune once that read “everyone agrees you are the best.” Can’t top that.


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It was the only time in my entire life I’ve received this compliment from a stranger. I was helping out a customer and she was quiet but friendly. Before she left she said “you have a sunny disposition” and I almost cried. That compliment has stuck with me and it’s been nearly a decade later.


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When I had my super red hair, a little girl told me that I looked like Ariel. I told her oh yes the mermaid, and she said yes a princess. Made me honestly tear up, I really needed that in that moment too.


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“Your hugs heal something broken in all of us.” I still tear up thinking about it.


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I was talking to this random guy I met at my friend’s houseparty for the whole night and before leaving he said “you’re very vibrant and full of life, dont let that child in you die, ever”.

I still smile like a crazy person whenever I remember this?.


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Casually walking with my dog, a clearly unstable and troubled person was held down by a few police, the person looked up, we locked eyes and she yelled on her top of lungs – HEY dude I love your face!!!!!!!!

The entire street looked, and my dog looked back and gave me a huge grin.


When I was in high school I did forensics and I wrote my own poetry for it. I was really struggling with mental health at the time so I really channeled it into my work and performance and at the regionals competition I made a woman cry. She and her husband approached me in the hall after we all left the classroom and she started just saying that my poetry was beautiful and how I should have it published to which I was very flattered and thanked her graciously but then I could see her face was starting to turn red and there were tears forming in her eyes. She started turning her compliments into words of encouragement and saying how strong I was and such and by the time she was done she was crying. I am really empathetic so seeing this grown woman crying made me cry as well and so I asked if she wanted a hug and she said yes and pulled me into the tightest hug I have ever been in. Not in a painful way but it was just so secure like she did not want to let me go. I could feel just how much my words meant to her by that hug. I still tear up remembering how it felt because I have never felt someone put so much emotion into a hug before. Her husband did not cry but I could tell he felt the same way by his expression. What really gets me is how I will never know her name and will never see her again, yet I will still never forget what she did. I wrote my college essay on her and any hard times I faced after that I would always think about her. I am thankful we shared that moment.

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I got “You look like a Botticelli painting” twice.


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Having just left a job that I had given all my effort to which wasn’t appreciated and then had been dropped from the contract renewal list…when my new managers approached me after a stressful shift and said:

“we are so happy you’re with us, we’ve never had someone who just gets on with the work no fuss and is always in a good mood”

it really hit me deep and especially at that point when I thought I was acting grumpy nearly 24/7, it elevated my mood and performance going forward.

I was only at that job a few months but the entire team attended my leaving event on short notice and still invite me to socials.


In 5th grade a gym teacher assistant picked me and a few other kids to learn a dance for the assembly. i asked why and she said I was graceful when I dance. that lead to a lifetime of a least a willingness to dance, which in turn led to a whole lot of really fun stuff. so i’m grateful for her.

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“you’re legit a good human being” from a girl I went to school with about 13 years after we graduated.


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Once I was in the subway in Paris and the guy sitting in front of me smiled at me and said : « you’re really cute and charming ». Then got up and left. It’s been more than twenty years and I still remember that guy and how nice it made me feel.


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Had a client once bring me a framed placard, she had handmade, saying “To the world, you may be just one person, but to one person, you could mean the world”. Still hangs in my office to this day.

Saumya Ratan

Saumya is an explorer of all things beautiful, quirky, and heartwarming. With her knack for art, design, photography, fun trivia, and internet humor, she takes you on a journey through the lighter side of pop culture.

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