What’s the best compliment you’ve ever been given? For many of us, compliments can be a little cringe-worthy at times, but at others, they can be unbelievably touching and remain in our minds forever.
I’ll never forget sitting on the floor at my mum’s house when my daughter was about a year old, and my mum turned to me out of the blue and said, “You’re a beautiful mother.” Those four words have been tattooed into my brain, and my heart, because I can’t think of any greater compliment in the world. The fact that it came from the woman I love and respect more than anyone else, my own mother, made it so much more special.
Whether it’s telling someone they’re great at something, praising good service or just letting a loved one know how special they are to you, a kind word goes a long way.
Some of our favourite female celebrities share the most beautiful things anyone has ever said to them. We love these…
“The best compliment I’ve ever gotten is when I’ve been on plane rides and, at the end, the flight attendants say to me, ‘You have the most well-behaved children of anyone on my plane.’ And it’s happened more than once! Honestly, I’ve never felt so much feeling from a compliment in my life.” - Gwyneth Paltrow
“I love you unconditionally” - Taraji P. Henson
“Every time people compliment me about my son Manolo it is very rewarding. I was really young when I divorced his father, so I raised him by trying to set the best example and give him the best that I could. When people say how charming, funny and well-behaved he is, it makes all the sacrifices all worth while.” - Sofia Vergara
“When I was traveling this past February with Helping Hands Jamaica, someone said, ‘Thank you for helping us build our school. It has been one of the best experiences of my life.'” - Serena Williams
“My best friend Ashley complimented me on how I treat people, which is the biggest compliment someone can give me. She always knows how to say the right thing.” – Selena Gomez
“Ever since I was a little girl, my mom instructed me to put lotion on after I shower. I like it when people tell me my skin is soft, because I’ve been working at it for so long.” - Mindy Kaling
“The best compliment I’ve ever received that wasn’t work-related was someone saying to me, ‘You have really happy children…well done!'” – Melissa McCarthy
“I think the most beautiful thing someone has ever said to me is that I make them happy, and I have a beautiful soul. I think that is the best thing you can tell someone, that their soul is pure and beautiful.” – Khloe Kardashian
“Someone said to me just recently that one of the qualities they liked most about me is that I always want the people around me to be happy. I never thought about that, but it’s true. It was such a nice thing to hear.” – Kate Hudson
“I think the most beautiful thing anybody has ever said to me was my littlest daughter Beatrix. It was right before bed and she just grabbed my face and said ‘You’re my most specialist friend in the whole world.'” - Jodie Sweetin
“The most beautiful thing anyone has ever said to me, by far, is my husband who said, numerous times, as I’ve said ‘I just want to look younger or prettier’ in my insecure moments, and he says ‘You can’t ever look more beautiful, you can look different, but never more beautiful.” - Jenny McCarthy
“If someone tells me there is something special about my kids, that is the nicest thing they can say to me.” – Jennifer Garner
“You look like a painting by Van Gogh…the Potato Eaters!” This is for real, from a former lover.” – Helen Mirren
“I’m always really touched when my mother tells me that I’m a good mother. She knows that I really value her opinion and that a big part of my self-worth comes from how I feel as a parent on any given day. She did such a great job raising my brother and me with a lot of love and a great sense of humour. Her compliment holds a lot of value in my life.” - Reese Witherspoon
What’s the most beautiful thing anyone has ever said to you?