Compliments don’t just make others go from feeling slightly better about themselves to plain great in one sentence. They also enhance our own self-confidence. Because giving a nice compliment requires us to look for the good in others.

But saying a nice one is really an art form in itself. Unsolicited ones do more harm than good, overly personal ones can instantly ruin anything, and many sound just forced. So this time we’re taking a look at the most memorable ones that stick with men for many years to come.

From “a hot girl complimenting a hat” and making the guy want to wear it for three years straight to saying that kids are lucky to have you as their dad, these are some very sweet moments in our otherwise often sour world.

#1

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome A coworker who I would walk to the bus station with said "I feel safe with you" and as a big hairy dude with resting murder face and a deep voice, that was something absolutely new to me. It's been 6 years and I still think about that compliment.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

So heartwarming and sweet! Im sure that stayed with you for a long time

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#2

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome A girl once told me I saved her life because (unknown to me) she was battling depression when I happened to show up with her favor Starbucks drink to congratulate her on her new job.

You never know the impact your small deeds can do.

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Little Dino
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7 months ago

that's great!

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You’re a really good friend. Your haircut looks great. These are the magic words that instantly make your day. The power of a good, genuine compliment is impossible to deny, so what is it about them that makes us feel so good?

Well, it all comes down to the appreciation. According to Marcia Naomi Berger, a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in San Rafael, California, “Feeling valued and appreciated are basic human needs,” and appreciation is foundational in good relationships, whether with partners or friends.

#3

My girlfriends grandmother has Alzheimer’s, so she doesn’t remember meeting me. Every time we go and see her, she’ll take my girlfriend to the side and ask “Who is that handsome young man?” While pointing to me.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

Bittersweet

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I remember my work partner (a woman), talking to another female coworker during lunch about their love lives. She was talking about an ex and how he cheated on her and lied to her and god knows what else. She then said something along the lines of "boys are the worst", and I laughed. She then looked right at me and said "Except you, but you're not a boy, you're a man."

I swear, my heart skipped a beat. It was the first time I was ever called something like that. It was amazing to be finally seen that way as a 30 year old.

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Verena Gitterle
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7 months ago

Be proud, not every boy can become a man.

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Compliments we give and receive are a way to communicate the appreciation we feel to each other. “I would define a compliment as any sort of sincere appreciation of a trait in someone or a behavior or an appearance,” Berger explains. Simultaneously, scientists believe that having a habit of giving compliments helps us notice and appreciate what’s good and what we like in those around us.

#5

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome "you're really funny, i like you". some really cute girl said this to me quite a while ago, had me nearly crying since i dont get complimented at all, i dont even compliment my self. cried for 10 minutes when i got back home

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Eirik Johnsbråten
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7 months ago

There are probably many people who like you. I hope they will tell you.

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#6

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome I (M) was working in Taiwan one summer. Solid group of people.

Anyway, when time came to part ways, lots of hugs were exchanged. There was a traditional Muslim woman in the group who I clicked so well with from the moment we met.

My understanding is that traditional Muslim woman do not make physical contact with males other than their husband.

Anyway, I got to her for a goodbye, I simply put my hand in a waving gesture and said my goodbye.

She then said "No, you know what? I'll hug you." And we hugged.

I think about this from time to time.

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Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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7 months ago

Cute.

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The psychotherapist also believes that a complimentary person is someone that has an optimistic and happier outlook towards life and people.

However, being complimentary is just a part of the job. Not every compliment is solicited, well-timed, and received well. When it comes to a really nice compliment, it should be sincere and specific. General compliments may sound lazy and feel forced, so it’s always best to really think about what you value about another person specifically before uttering it out loud to them.

#7

For a short period in my early twenties I used to work at this school. At one point when we were sitting down eating lunch, this tiny first grader comes and sits next to me, and says quietly.

"I wish I had an older sister"
"Oh? Why?"
"Cause then you and her could become really good friends, and then you would come visit us all the time."

I've gotten quite a few compliments from my own age group and older, but that little innocent one was almost heartbreakingly sweet and nice to hear.

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago (edited)

"Out of the mouth of babes...hast thou ordained strength."

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#8

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome “The kids are really lucky that you’re their dad.”

I was wondering if I’d been doing well as a dad and felt kind of depressed, but hearing that from my sweet wife reaffirmed that I’m doing okay.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

Nothing like a nice compliment when you are down

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#9

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome My really sweet young teenage niece told her mom (my sister) that I was the kind of guy she wanted to marry one day. All very innocent and it melted me.

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Pamela24
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7 months ago

So sweet on your sister to tell you too! Awww.

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#10

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome Walked by a young lady walking into a restaurant. She stopped & came back in to tell me I smell great. I smiled the rest of the day

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Mariam Najar
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7 months ago

*mental note* tell people they smell great 😊

Basil Ignatov
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7 months ago

tried it right after i read your tip: Woke up from the slap i got from her half an hour ago ;)

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Raine Soo
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7 months ago

I have told men that they smelled good and then I proceeded to ask them what fragrance they were wearing. They've always seem so appreciative and have even told me where I could purchase said cologne.

Equine_Ravenclaw_Directioner
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7 months ago

The sad thing is if a man said this to a woman it would be deemed 'creepy'..

Stille20
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7 months ago

Actually that crossed my mind. I think it is mildly creepy either way, but also, men do say this and it's usually taken as a compliment because the woman is wearing a perfume they like like.

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InfectedVoice
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7 months ago

I normally smell like dogs, cats and weed.

Legen ( wait for it ) dary
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7 months ago

What perfume is that? I'm sure you smell good for dogs, cats and weed, if they could smell you. 😜

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Jazzy Mc. Jaz
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7 months ago

I smell people an they say why you be smellin me?

Pamela Blue
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7 months ago

My only issue with this is that if you can smell the cologne just walking past, they're wearing too much!

Leo Domitrix
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7 months ago

and tell the anme of the product, so we can buy it!

jamie1707
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7 months ago

If he was wearing that cologne, he did smell great. I wish I could afford that stuff.

Julie Bradley
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7 months ago

And yet, some young guy who came to my house to do some work asked me about my perfume as he really liked it. It made me very uncomfortable. I'm sure it was an innocent question, but clearly my past experiences still hurt me.

M Kate McCulloch
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7 months ago

There was this very overweight man at the store while I was shopping with my husband. Masks on, as is the way, but he had lovely eyes. I ran across him in the aisles three or four times and then thought that I should tell him. He probably doesn't get a lot of genuine compliments. So I told him. He stood behind us at the cash register and chatted with us the whole time with great, huge, lovely, smiling eyes. I loved seeing that this stranger was so happy at such a simple and honest thing. He really had beautiful eyes...

Lisa Chambers
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7 months ago

Never underestimate the power of smelling good. Seriously. Find a great scent - NOT AXE - and wear it. Nothing overpowering, nothing ridiculous. It changes the way people react to you.

Celtic Pirate Queen
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7 months ago

I wear Elizabeth Arden's "Red Door" perfume. I have more than once had random people (men & women) come up to me and tell me how nice I smell. And it always seems to be on the days when I really need a boost. Thanks God!

Rob Williams
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7 months ago

I was at a Sainsbury's check out and the woman asked me what cologne I was wearing. When I told her she was surprised and said "oh... that smells nice. Much nicer than when my boyfriend wears it!"

Chris Challis
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7 months ago

If I like an outfit a woman is wearing whilst out. I tell her. People do that to me occasionally and why not return the favour?

Collette Francis
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7 months ago

I often do this, and ask what it is, especially if it's a woman so I can look at getting some.

elStiJneriNO
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7 months ago

Giving a compliment ... Trying to get some. What a player move!!

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third molar
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7 months ago

You are always fine if your dentist says you smell good.

Jonathan
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7 months ago

That happened to me at work. I'm a care and support worker and the little old lady said 'you smell absolutely lovely.' I said thank you and that I just bought it and she told me I made the right choice.

zovjraar
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7 months ago

being told you smell good is one of the best compliments imo

Treessimontrees
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7 months ago

Isn't this considered a no no now? A genuine compliment might get you being called a pervert.

ChickyChicky
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7 months ago

I would say a man should not say this to a woman unless in a situation where flirtation is appropriate. I (female) have asked a man what he's wearing because it smelled really nice and I wanted to get it for my husband, which was true. He seemed pleased at the compliment, but also I look like a frumpy old lady so it wasn't too weird.

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Hermione
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7 months ago

Another ad?

Stille20
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7 months ago

Controversial opinion, I shouldn't be able to smell you as you walk by.

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#11

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome Delivered for hospice for a few years.

I kept having deliveries to this one facility where there was an old woman in a wheelchair who kept saying, “Hey, pretty man,” whenever I’d walk past.

I’d say hi back but I didn’t think much of it. She probably said that to everyone.

But then one time a female orderly asked her, “Pretty man?” as I was walking away.

“GORGEOUS man,” said the old lady.

Never had that word associated with my appearance before or since.

Thanks, lady.

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Perfectly Imperfect
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7 months ago

Older people and little children seem to have the purest hearts and most honest mouths!

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#12

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome One time a buddy of mine was making fun of my hat and a random hot chick said "No! It looks super good on you."

I wore that hat almost every day after for 3 years until it wore out.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

I think i'm going to randomly compliment people more often now

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#13

This exchange literally made me cry.

Me: Its not like I have women all over me, I dont know why you think I'm a catch.

Her: I dont know why you think you're not.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

Potential ship

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#14

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome During Halloween I took off my mask and some girl said. "Damn you should keep that mask off more often."

Cute Girl.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

"And thats how I met your mother."

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#15

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome Last week a very good client told me she likes working with me because I have joy in my demeanor

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

Thats so nice of her to say. Im sure that made your day!

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#16

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome 21 years old at the orthodontists getting a retainer fixed. Nurse who was probably only a few years older than me told me I had really nice blue eyes, while her fingers are all in my mouth. I'm gonna hold onto that one for awhile.

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TheLazyPoki
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7 months ago

Edward, please explain how you think that would make him a creep. He's just happy about a compliment that he got, even if it was in a weird time.

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#17

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome As a child, after a suicide attempt, a nurse once told me that superman doesn't exist. The reality is that most people don't care about me. I have to take care of myself, because no one else will. I have to be my own hero, and I have the strength to do that. It was tough love, but it saved my life.

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Verena Gitterle
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7 months ago

Let me compliment you: You are your own hero!

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#18

A woman in the lobby of a medical centre with a baby in a pram asked me to keep an eye on it for a moment. I said 'are you sure about that' and she said I just looked like someone she could trust.

I was touched, and she was right.

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Perfectly Imperfect
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7 months ago

That is HUGE! What a wonderful compliment!!!

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#19

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome During the divorce process, my ex-wife said of me and our now grown daughter, "You are her home."

For all the years of cold indifference and soul crushing disapproval, it was unspeakably nice to see that email.

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frangee
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7 months ago

I hope you still get on ok, even now.

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#20

Shortly after I graduated from college, I got this e-mail from my best friend’s girlfriend. Not having much of a life, I was a frequent third wheel on their dates. She was a year behind us, so she was still in college after I had finished.

Anyway, she just goes on and on in this e-mail about how much she misses seeing me around campus and hanging out with me. The line that stuck with me was, “Of all the people I know, you’re the one I most want to see happy.”

Closest thing I ever got to a love letter.

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Snake of Eden
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7 months ago

That's really sweet

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#21

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome “You have really nice veins” - nurse giving me a blood test

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troufaki13
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7 months ago

What a weird compliment!

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I had just started wearing cologne for the first time in my life (around 22) and looked up how to actually apply it properly as not to be obnoxious. Weekend comes around I get dressed throw some cologne on and go out to get a coffee and run errands. Get to the Starbucks and order and the barista says “I like your cologne, it smells nice and you have the exact right amount on when most guys WAY overdo it” (paraphrase). I was so caught off guard by such a sincere and innocent compliment I still think of it before even generic GF compliments.

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Helen Haley
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7 months ago

That right there was high praise.

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#23

Someone once told me that I was their happy place. I treasure that to this day.

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Perfectly Imperfect
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7 months ago

Now, THAT'S a compliment!!!!

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#24

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome I was told, by a rather drunk lady, that my voice makes her ovaries twitch. I'm used to having people tell me I should be on radio, but that one was unique.

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Eva the Egg
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7 months ago

Erm... That is a very unique compliment indeed!

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#25

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome I got onto an elevator at the last minute one time and an older lady said it reminded her of Indiana Jones, then she said I could do radio with a voice like mine.

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7 months ago

<3

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#26

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome Early on in our relationship my now wife told me that she usually didn't sleep well, except when I was there and then she fell asleep easily. Which is especially impressive at the time given we were cramming me (6'3") and her (5'11") into a standard twin bed.

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Whatshername
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7 months ago

Awww

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#27

Her: "You could lose all your hair and gain weight. I would still think you are amazing."

I was like: "wow"

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Verena Gitterle
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7 months ago

True love

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#28

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome "Your freckles are so cute!" Was said to me by a drop dead gorgeous coworker of mine. Left me feeling like I was on cloud nine.

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zovjraar
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7 months ago

i love freckles! on a guy or a chick, anywhere! my husband's shoulders are heavily freckled and i think it's sexy.

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#29

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome A girl said I was understanding

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R L
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7 months ago

A trait that should not be underestimated.

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#30

30 Men Share Compliments They've Gotten From A Woman That Were Really Wholesome Got a Redhead sweatshirt (brand, not red haired person), cutest girl in the class complemented me on it, still have that sweatshirt

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Commander OwO
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7 months ago

The smallest compliment can do a lot :)

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