Try This the Next Time You Get a Compliment on Your Home

published Jan 23, 2015
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(Image credit: Arthur Garcia-Clemente)

You know that confidence is key when you’re getting dressed in the morning or giving a work presentation, so why do so many people lack confidence in the choices they’ve made in their homes? The next time someone admires your decor, try this.

Say thank you (then stop talking).

I’ve recently noticed that almost every time I give someone a compliment, they immediately start telling me what’s wrong with their space and what they plan to change. Whyyyyy?

It’s one of those things that, once I noticed it, I began to see it everywhere. It makes me sad because I started the conversation wanting to talk about what’s going right and they quickly turn the talk to what they hate. Instead of having a positive, fun interaction, it gets negative and, let’s be honest, a little awkward.

It makes me want to scream! I like what you did. I like it enough to mention it! Why why why draw my attention away from the good things I’m noticing to the bad things I’m not?

So c’mon everyone. Let’s break this habit. When someone compliments your home, do your very best to really see and appreciate the good things they’ve taken the initiative to point out. It might even remind you why you picked those lovely things in the first place.