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Random compliments are a huge mood booster and can make your day, but there are some that truly stand out from the rest and stay with you forever.

One such compliment I received is one I will not soon forget.


I have often gotten compliments on how I look younger than I actually am – no complaints there.

But one individual at work was slackjawed when I revealed to him my age.

He told me I was "well-pickled."

Aww, shucks. I'll take it!

Curious to hear about the comments that stayed with strangers, Redditor wubdubbud asked:

"What is the best compliment someone ever told you?"

All About Looks

Who doesn't like being complimented on their looks? Not these Redditors.

Exceptional Corneas

"I was having an eye test, and I was on a machine that measured the pressure of your eyeballs. Mine came up elevated, so the 70-year-old optician took another reading, and just said, 'miss, you have the thickest corneas I have ever seen.' And for the rest of the appointment, he just kept telling me how great my corneas are."

CrazySnekGirl

Love Note

"A random guy at a coffee shop wrote, 'I just wanted you to know, I think you're EXTREMELY CUTE!' on a scrap of paper and dropped it on my table as he walked out."

"It's still taped to my monitor and this happened in 1998."

ETA: pic of note - Note https://imgur.com/gallery/eVjlqyO"

NotWorriedABunch

Beyond Expectations

"I thought you'd be taller in real life; you have such a powerful presence online. It's still there...I just thought you'd be taller"

"Idk about best, but it was one of the most unique."

idk-hereiam

Heartwarming

These compliments are the ones that get you choked up harder than any Hallmark card.

A Child's Approval

"My 6 year old said 'Im proud of you, daddy' one day after a long day of school and work. He had just learned what 'proud' meant and was using it a lot, but this one hit differently."

cl_solutions

The Devoted Pet Owner

"'If I were a cat I would want to be your cat.' Spoken by the veterinarian after my little furry guy lost his battle with lymphoma."

"So many people don't visit their sick pets when they have to stay at the vet. I came every day to sit with the cat and pet him and feed him out of my hand. It makes a difference. A lot of animals don't understand they're in pet-hospital. They think they're being abandoned and get really depressed. The extra love didn't save my fur kid but it bought him time and he knew he was loved."

"The vet even made a donation to a veterinary school in my cat's name. (It's rare but it happens). About the sincerest compliment it's possible to pay."

doublestitch

Comforting Companion

"My gf earlier this evening told me 'I feel safe when I' m with you.' As an addict in recovery, that is a huge one to hear. Very humbling. Probably made my whole next week."

Yankthebandaid

Words From A Father

"I'm proud of you."

"---my dad, after I managed to get my bipolar disorder stabilized, built a life for myself, and repaired the fractured relationships with my family members."

"I didn't realize how much I craved his approval until I finally got it."

Unsolicited_Spiders

Appreciation From Unexpected Places

Just because you don't know them doesn't mean they don't deserve to hear your praises.

The Stranger

"Someone once told me, a stranger, that I seemed like a good person. For some reason coming from a stranger it felt really nice."

andthrewaway1

Happy Car

"When I was in college, I put those silly reindeer antlers on my car at Christmas time."

"One day after class, I got a note on my window saying that they love my car & it cheered them up every time they saw it. I have no idea who left it. I still have it."

"A couple years later, I sanded down my car and covered it in chalkboard paint. I leave out chalk for people to draw. Now I get smiles (and strange looks) all the time!"

IcePhoenix18

Elderly Praise

"An old lady on the bus told me women would only dream of having hair as beautiful as mine. I'm a guy."

Wepoozelator

You never know if anyone is struggling on any given day, so it's good to know that a simple positive acknowledgment can make a huge difference.

So the next time you're impressed by someone's hair-did or by their accomplishments, let them know.

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