Growing up, I always felt that being beautiful was the most important thing I could ever be. I would take my mother's make up and beg her to braid my hair. I would stare in the mirror and wish that I could be thinner, taller, tanner, prettier. I remember feeling that I wasn't ever enough because I wasn't as "beautiful" as I wanted to be.
Some days I felt worse than others, some days I was filled with so much self-loathing that I didn't even want to go out in public that day. Maybe I would have felt different if more people told me there are more important things I could be besides beautiful.
One person who is really good about reminding me that beauty is only skin deep is my grandmother, who I refer to as Nonnie. growing up she has always told me, "Being told you are nice is the best compliment you can receive." Now I understand how true this statement is.
So many girls and even full-grown women feel that the best compliment they can receive is "you are beautiful." Don't get me wrong being called beautiful is a wonderful feeling but what about the other compliments out there?
I'd like to share a list of compliments with you to tell someone today. Giving someone a compliment not only makes the receiver feel better but you feel better as well.
1. You are smart
2. You are empowering
3. You are easy to talk to
4. You have a contagious laugh
5. You make me happy
6. You are kind
7. I am proud of you
8. You bring out the best in people
9. Colors seem brighter when you're around
10. You're one of a kind
11. You are strong
12. You're thoughtful
13. You're hilarious
14. You are determined
15. You're someone's reason to smile
16. You're very special
17. You are so versatile
18. You are such a hard worker
19. I could listen to you talk all day
20. I love who I am when I’m around you
21. You're a great cook
22. I appreciate you
23. I love your style
24. You are genuine
25. You are enough