The question might be better asked as “how can I respond when someone praises me?”

A simple definition of praise comes from Merriam-Webster Dictionary is: to say or write good things about (someone or something) : to express approval of (someone or something): to express thanks to or love and respect for (God)


In the first two definitions, a simple “why thank you” would likely be sufficient. It allows you to be gracious and humble.

If you are being publicly recognized for an achievement, it might be appropriate to share the praise with everyone that helped you on the way to your achievement. You would provide examples or anecdotes of their assistance and in conclusion you would thank the person praising you for their recognition.

Like many situations in interpersonal relationships, context can be important. If somebody that you don’t have a great relationship with heaps praise on you, which is out of their character, you have to wonder what’s going on behind the scene. Some times people use praise as a way to manipulate us or to gain an unfair advantage over somebody else.

Others with malicious intent can craft the praise so that it actually doesn’t show you in a good light. My fellow work colleagues have coined the term “complisult.” At first it looks like a compliment but when you dig deeper into its intent, it isn’t. It is actually a veiled insult.

Many people have difficulty receiving praise. If you get used to using a conscientious filter to sift out genuine and pseudo praise, you will do well. One technique I have learned to help me accept praise better is to freely and genuinely offer it to others. 

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Rae A. Stonehouse stands out as a celebrated author, inspiring speaker, and knowledgeable self-publishing consultant, bringing over forty years of experience in psychiatric and mental health nursing. His extensive involvement with Toastmasters International has refined his communication skills, enabling him to deliver relatable and insightful personal development content. Rae's engaging approach, characterized by humor and wise counsel, reflects his rich life experiences and commitment to ongoing personal growth. Beyond his professional realm, he's adept in DIY projects, having renovated and decorated homes, and is an enthusiastic gardener in Kelowna, British Columbia. Rae's life, shared with his wife Sandra, their son, daughter-in-law, and beloved granddaughter, epitomizes the essence of lifelong learning and the pursuit of excellence in every venture.Rae A. Stonehouse is an author, speaker, and self-publishing consultant dedicated to helping others embrace constant improvement and overcome challenges. With over 40 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in psychiatry and mental health, Rae brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for self-development to his writing and presentations. As a 25+ year member of Toastmasters International, Rae has systematically built his communication abilities and self-confidence to share his insights as an author and speaker. His self-help books and personal development presentations aim to have conversational one-on-one connections with readers and audiences. Rae is known for his wry sense of humor and sage advice delivered in a relatable coaching style. After four decades as a nurse, Rae has rewired rather than retired, actively writing and pursuing public speaking. He strives to share lessons learned to help others achieve personal and professional growth. To learn more about Rae and his approach to constant improvement, visit his website at Live For Excellence Productions or to learn more about his publications visit Live For Excellence StoreRae A. Stonehouse is an author, speaker, and self-publishing consultant dedicated to helping others embrace constant improvement and overcome challenges. With over 40 years of experience as a Registered Nurse in psychiatry and mental health, Rae brings a wealth of knowledge and passion for self-development to his writing and presentations. As a 25+ year member of Toastmasters International, Rae has systematically built his communication abilities and self-confidence to share his insights as an author and speaker. His self-help books and personal development presentations aim to have conversational one-on-one connections with readers and audiences. Rae is known for his wry sense of humor and sage advice delivered in a relatable coaching style. After four decades as a nurse, Rae has rewired rather than retired, actively writing and pursuing public speaking. He strives to share lessons learned to help others achieve personal and professional growth. To learn more about Rae and his approach to constant improvement, visit his website at Live For Excellence Productions or to learn more about his publications visit Live For Excellence Store