Giving someone a sincere compliment in person or online sounds simple enough, but as always, we humans have found ways to turn a good thing into a bad thing (oops!). Still, despite the existence of backhanded, creepy, or straight-up weird remarks people have wrongfully labeled as compliments, this doesn’t mean the art of giving sincere pleasantries is lost.
The Power of Giving Compliments
Can you recall a compliment someone’s given you that turned your entire day around for the better? That, friends, is the power of good praise. If you use your words wisely, you can spread some positivity and be that light for someone else!
Sometimes, it can be hard to find the right words to say, especially to your mutuals on social media or people you’ve met in online communities like Perzik. But trust us—you got this.
We’re going to teach you a fool-proof method and provide examples so you can give compliments like a boss. The perceived anonymity from being behind a screen instead of face-to-face with someone doesn’t give anyone the right to oversexualize someone or make people feel uncomfortable, so keep reading and learn how to give compliments the Perzik way!
How to Give a Good Compliment Online
There are two keys to giving sincere compliments: always consider your intentions and speak from a place of empathy. A good compliment makes people feel valued, seen, and appreciated, so to ensure that any praise you give someone is appropriate, ask yourself these four questions:
- Is my compliment genuine and free of alternative motives?
- Does it reveal what I appreciate about them specifically?
- Is it appropriate?
- Is it about their unique qualities and not centered on me?
If you answered yes to all these questions, you’re likely on your way to creating meaningful compliments in a breeze. However, whenever in doubt, you can swipe some positive words from the compliments list below and feel free to put your twist on them!
The 15 Meaningful Compliments to Give Online and Make Your Own
1. Can I just say you seem like you’d be an awesome friend to have? Your bubbly energy is infectious.
2. Your post just made my day. You are like a breath of fresh air!
3. Your style is amazing. Be my personal stylist, please?
4. Has anyone told you that you’re GLOWING today? Because you are!
5. Your perspective is so refreshing, and you probably have no idea how much it inspires me.
6. Something about your vibe today is very goddess-like today. But I think that’s just you every day!
7. Your smile makes me smile.
8. Your creativity amazes me!
9. If only everyone were as insightful as you.
10. This selfie exudes queen energy.
11. Your aesthetic is impeccable.
12. Everyone deserves a friend like you!
13. Things are more fun when you’re around.
14. Your resilience inspires me.
15. You always think of the most thoughtful things to say.
Written by Reese Williams.
Reese is a full-time freelance copywriter and a part-time plant mom, cook, and thrift shop regular. When she’s not caring for her plant babies or cooking up a new dish she found on TikTok, you’ll usually find her online at fiverr.