A compliment from a stranger…

I was thinking about compliments today. I think we’d probably all agree that an unsolicited compliment can really make your day. I was standing in the queue at the Subway at work today, waiting for my entirely unexciting turkey breast on Italian with light mayo, and a woman in the queue ahead turned around to tell me that she just loved my outfit. And something as simple as that, a compliment from a stranger, brightened my whole day.

But why? Why are compliments so affecting? And compliments from strangers particularly. I’ve always wondered this, wondered why the same words from a family member or friend don’t have the impact that those of a stranger does. Is it because we think our family and friends are biased, or not entirely sincere, or just saying it to make us feel good? What does that say on some level about our relations with our nearest and dearest, that we don’t entirely believe the nice things that say about us! Or that we think their affection for us undermines the credibility of their compliments? Which, in a roundabout way, IS a compliment – because we’re effectively saying ‘you’re only saying nice things about me because you love me’, but loving me in itself is a compliment, and a far greater one that saying my hair looks nice or my dress is pretty…

I’m overthinking this. I have a habit of doing that.

The dress, by the way, is an old Lindy Bop Matilda, not currently available on the site, although they do have this lovely navy polka dot one I’ve been eyeing up! And the best part? It has pockets!

  2 comments for “A compliment from a stranger…

  1. Fara Driver
    May 22, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    That is a fun skirt! I would have complimented you on it!

    • May 23, 2017 at 8:10 am

      That’s ’cause you’re a sweeheart! And I would probably have disbelieved you because I know you’re a sweetheart, LOL!

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