13 Compliments Men Love To Hear, And I'm Taking Notes

13 Compliments Men Love To Hear, And I'm Taking Notes

While it's completely normal to feel happy when you receive a compliment from someone, sometimes someone gives a particular compliment that makes you feel incredibly excited. So when Reddit user u/AlternativeWave1314 asked: "What are compliments guys like to receive?" a lot of people had opinions on the matter. Here's what they had to say below.

1."I was dressed up for an interview a few weeks ago. A guy I see almost every day for work said, 'Damn, you look sharper than a number two pencil.' He had my dumbass grinning for three minutes."

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2."'I feel safe around you' and any compliment about wisdom. Looks are also good, but I'm not a fan of 'I like your hair' because of personal experiences. It's a damn shame since my hair really is nice."


3."My wife recently said to me, 'Don’t be so hard on yourself…' I almost immediately burst into tears."

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4."I'm proud of you."


"I got a new job almost two years ago, totally pivoting my career. After several months, my new boss said that to me, and I suddenly felt better than I had in years!"


5."My husband loves it when he fixes something around the house (specifically), and I tell him, very matter-of-factly, that he looks hot fixing whatever he’s fixing. I tell him he’s hot sometimes, and he rolls his eyes. But fixing something (i.e. garbage disposal, A/C, sprinklers, etc.) must bring out the animal instincts in guys. For some reason, that combo rocks his world."

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6."Back in school, the person who I was sitting next to just turned to me and said, 'You know what? You're really nice,' and then they listed a bunch of reasons why. It's been over a decade, and I still remember that one."


7."Compliments on my muscles always hit deep. And while some people might think that’s shallow, it represents thousands of hours of work, consistency, and discipline. It’s nice when people notice."

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8."I'm 54 and pretty normal. At a funeral, one of my friends told me that he admired my well-roundedness in so many ways. I hold that as a pretty high compliment."


9."Last week, my daughter told me that I have a kind soul. She's 15 and not massively affectionate, so it was an unexpected moment. I was grinning like an idiot, and I think I will be for quite a while."

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10."'You tried, and that is all that matters.' I'm always my worst enemy, and sometimes just helping me ground myself is the best thing someone can do."


11."I was putting my 7-year-old daughter to bed; after I kissed her good night, she called me back into the room and said: 'Thank you for being such a great dad.' My god, the world stopped spinning for a second!"

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12."I dunno, but when someone lights up when they see me, I take note to remember them and support them as best I can."


13."I was working on what is now a long-forgotten project when my wife came by. She looked at my work briefly and said, 'You sure don't half-ass things, do you?' I don't know why, but that has stayed proudly in my head for 20 years or so."

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People who identify as men, tell us the kind of compliments you like to receive in the comments below.

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