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Compliments totally rule. Someone takes a moment to not only direct their full attention to you, but they follow that up with a wonderful testament to your worth.

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Folks not every compliment is a compliment.

Growing up, I used to have people tell me all the time how pretty I would be if I grew up to look like my mother. My mom is pale skinned with straight black hair, dimples and bright green eyes. She also had a perfect pear shape figure.

I, on the other hand, ended up boxy, olive skinned, with a riot of curls and brown eyes.

In other words, nothing like my mom.

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Not everyone is forthright when it comes to giving compliments.

Some people dole them out with the intention of making the other person feel good even if they don't mean it.

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There can never be enough compliments to put an extra spring in our step for a job well done or the way we look on any given day.

But there are some accolades that are just so profound, they stick with us forever.

I remember I was auditioning for a Broadway show for a spot in the ensemble along with other talented hopefuls – one of whom was a Tony nominee and renowned for her inimitable style and graceful presence.

After the audition, she and I happened to be waiting at the same subway station, and she elegantly strode over to tell me she was impressed by my "beautiful" dancing and wished me good luck. My legs buckled in that instant.

I didn't book the gig, but her compliment stayed with me long after that show eventually posted its closing notice.

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Giving (an receiving) compliments can be tricky territory, particularly as it pertains to women. First, you kind of need to establish that what you want to say is, indeed a compliment.

(Pro-Tip: If your compliment involves a qualifier, it's not a compliment. "For a girl", "if you lost some weight", "etc.)

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