Compliments Not About Physical Appearance

Complimenting people is awesome – not only does the recipient get a burst of confidence, but you walk away with the warm and fuzzies that can only come from making someone else happy. I try to dish out at least three genuine compliments to those around me a day, but I’ve been noticing that most of my compliments are about physical appearance. “You look really pretty today.” “Oh my gosh I love your sweater.” “Your makeup is on point!” You know the routine – because you probably do it too! Don’t get me wrong, these are still amazing compliments, but I’d like to start getting into the habit of complimenting people on their other outstanding qualities besides their physical appearance.

Some of the most memorable compliments people have given me weren’t about my appearance at all – things about my drive, my passion, or my perseverance – and damn did they feel good. Ready to make someone’s day? I’ve got fistfuls of awesome compliments for you to dish out, none of which are about physical appearance!


You’re incredibly funny

You inspire me

You’re a great listener

You really stick to your beliefs and I admire that

I love your passion

You lift up those around you

You’re such a positive person

You are a great problem solver

I love that you know how to remain calm under pressure

Your laugh is infectious

You make others feel heard

You are so creative

You are incredibly honest

You are brave

Your strength is inspiring

I love being around you

You have amazing taste

I really look up to you

I appreciate you


What is the best compliment you’ve ever received? Was it about your physical appearance? Tell me in the comments below!


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11 responses to “Compliments Not About Physical Appearance”

  1. Pineapple & Prosecco says:

    I totally agree that while compliments on your appearance feel good, compliments about who you are as a person are the ones that really hit home! Love your examples too.

    xx, Danielle | Pineapple & Prosecco

    • Kelsey says:

      Right?! Totally how I feel about it! 🙂
      xoxo Kelsey

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Yeah! I LOVE when I get a compliment about something other than my physical appearance – and I try to dish those right back! Thanks for stopping by, Danielle 🙂
      xoxo Kelsey

  2. I could not agree more! The best comment I have ever received is “you are so great at your job”!

    • Kelsey says:

      See that’s awesome! Especially if your job is a big part of who you are as a person – that’s an AWESOME compliment to get! And I’m sure you ARE kickass at your job 😉
      xoxo Kelsey

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      I love getting compliments about my job too! Or “you have great work ethic” is another one I love!
      xoxo Kelsey

  3. Stephanie says:

    I like that… complimenting someone not on their looks. I wish I got to know you more personally to give you a personal comment but for now I can just say keep up the good work on your blog! Thanks for sharing these thoughts!

    Stephanie ● Sartorial Diner

    • Blondes & Bagels says:

      Aw thanks Stephanie! I think the more we keep reading each other’s sites we’ll be able to learn tons about each other 😉
      xoxo Kelsey

  4. Katie Urban says:

    Could not agree more! Thanks for sharing. This will also help me compliment my friends.

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  5. Julianna Lynch says:

    Such a great post and I love the examples that you gave!

    xx Julianna

  6. Anna Hubbard says:

    I love this post, Kelsey! Those genuine compliments can make anyone’s day brighter!
    -Anna |