Share on Facebook

11 Beautiful Compliments We Loved This Year

Kindness is contagious. Get inspired to pass it on by checking out these compliments that truly came from the heart.

Every editorial product is independently selected, though we may be compensated or receive an affiliate commission if you buy something through our links.

1 / 12
Happy mature woman on color backgroundPixel-Shot/Shutterstock

Benefits of kindness

Believe it or not, giving and receiving compliments is actually good for your health. Just as a balanced diet and physical activity contribute to your wellbeing, there’s scientific research that finds compliments (or “social rewards”) can give your happiness a big-time boost and even enhance your day-to-day performance. On January 24 we celebrate National Compliment Day as a friendly reminder that if you’re thinking something nice, say it out loud. These compliments from 2019 acted as lovely kudos to their recipients. Check out the 18 best compliments these people have ever received.

2 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by MediaPunch/Shutterstock (10355776d) Oprah Winfrey and Toni Morrison 'Beloved' film premiere, Los Angeles, USA - 1998MediaPunch/Shutterstock

Legendary respect

When Toni Morrison passed away in August 2019, Oprah Winfrey heaped praise on the renowned author in a tribute. “In the beginning was the Word. Toni Morrison took the word and turned it into a Song…of Solomon, of Sula, Beloved, Mercy, Paradise Love, and more,” Winfrey wrote on Instagram. “She was our conscience. Our seer. Our truth-teller. She was a magician with language, who understood the Power of words. She used them to roil us, to wake us, to educate us and help us grapple with our deepest wounds and try to comprehend them.” Oprah has a way with words as these quotes that will help you seize the day show.

3 / 12
Not for use after 31st December, 2020 Mandatory Credit: Photo by Shutterstock (10513559b) Catherine Duchess of Cambridge with staff Royal visit to Kingston Hospital's Maternity Unit, London, UK - Nov 2019Shutterstock

Royal praise

As a mother of three, Kate Middleton knows a thing or two about the importance of a hospital’s labor and delivery staff. When the Duchess of Cambridge paid a visit to the Kingston Hospital maternity unit to celebrate the World Health Organization’s International Year of the Nurse and Midwife, she heaped praise on these tireless professionals. “‘You are there for women at their most vulnerable; you witness strength, pain, and unimaginable joy on a daily basis,” said the royal. “Your work often goes on behind the scenes, and away from the spotlight. Your role in supporting this critical phase of development extends far beyond the complicated task of delivering a baby successfully. The help and reassurance you provide for parents-to-be and parents of new-borns is just as crucial. It goes a long way in building parents’ confidence from the start, with lifelong impact on the future happiness of their children.” Find out the etiquette rules the Royals must follow at all times.

4 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (9192379b) From left, Keith Urban, Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift perform at the 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards - Show, Las Vegas, USA - 7 Apr 2013Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Sweet melody

Taylor Swift’s legions of fans prove that her music touches a lot of people, but receiving an incredible compliment from a music industry peer made her jump for joy. Country singer Keith Urban took to social media to commend one of Swift’s latest songs and it was a very sweet gesture. “Huge shoutout today to @taylorswift13 on the SUPERB new single LOVER,” Urban tweeted. “When a song so exquisitely written becomes a record so gorgeously crafted I feel such a deep sense of gratitude for the ‘art’ of making music.” These are the 27 compliments you haven’t been giving, but really should.

5 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Shutterstock (10406635i) Kim Kardashian West in the front row Serena by Serena Williams show, Front Row, Spring Summer 2020, New York Fashion Week, USA - 10 Sep 2019Shutterstock (2)

Surprising camaraderie

One wouldn’t expect comedian and actress Amy Schumer to go out of her way to compliment the Kardashian sisters, but she did. Schumer is apparently quite proud of the way in which the reality stars approach their business and brand, and isn’t afraid to share that publicly. “I watched the season finale of Keeping Up with the Kardashians and it was a true delight,” Schumer said on Instagram. “I have made a million jokes over the years. But I love that family. They are good, kind girls and I appreciate how open they are. They are such great sports and have always been very kind to me and my family and are the first ones to laugh at jokes about themselves. Especially Kim Kardashian. That’s how I really feel.”

6 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by AP/Shutterstock (9240887g) Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald, left, forces a fumble by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees during the first half of an NFL football game, in Los Angeles. The Saints recovered the ball on the play Saints Rams Football, Los Angeles, USA - 26 Nov 2017AP/Shutterstock

Good sport

To receive praise from a veteran in whichever professional field you’re working in is a pretty big deal; from one legendary NFL player to another, it has to feel like a million-dollar compliment. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald major accolades for his stellar performance on the field, even though they play for competing teams. “I don’t even have names for all the moves he (Donald) can do to get to the quarterback,” said Brees. “You cannot block him with one guy. He’s such an impact player, he can change a game. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen anybody like him.” You’ll also want to check out these 13 motivational quotes from Olympic coaches.

7 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jim Smeal/Shutterstock (8965523ba) Todd McFarlane, Kevin Feige, Kevin Smith, Stan Lee and Chadwick Boseman Stan Lee hand and footprint ceremony, Los Angeles, USA - 18 Jul 2017Jim Smeal/Shutterstock

Superhero worship

Filmmaker Kevin Smith has never been shy about expressing his love for comic books, and a special appreciation for the late Stan Lee, who served as Marvel Comics’ head honcho for decades. After Lee’s passing, Smith continues to pay tribute to the icon when he can, including on what would have been his 97th birthday. “He was the best person I ever met—a fine fellow with a big heart, a deep abiding love for his wife Joanie, and the limitless imagination of a child at play,” Smith wrote on Instagram. “For some of his 95 years, we got to see that big kid at his most creative—and he made such an impact, they’ll still be telling stories about his characters long after you and I are gone from this world.” Don’t miss this collection of surprising facts about your favorite superheroes.

8 / 12
Editorial use only Mandatory Credit: Photo by Kommersant Photo Agency/Shutterstock (10515759x) Bianca Andreescu of Canada, right, during the trophy ceremony after the match with Serena Williams of United States, left. US Open Tennis Championships, Day 14, USTA National Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows, New York, USA - 08 Sep 2019Kommersant Photo Agency/Shutterstock

Match point

Serena Williams is a tennis legend and she’s certainly no sore loser. When Williams made her U.S. Open comeback in 2019 she eventually lost to Bianca Andreescu, a 19-year-old phenom from Canada. “Bianca played an unbelievable match,” Williams said after her loss. “And congratulations. I’m so proud and happy for you. It was incredible tennis out there. I wish I could have played better. If anyone could win this tournament—outside of Venus [Williams, her sister]—I’m happy it’s Bianca.” Before you offer up your next compliment, make sure it’s not actually an insult.

9 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by IBL/Shutterstock (10352686f) Greta Thunberg, climate activist, made her final school strike day outside the Parliament in Stockholm, Sweden before going to the US and the UN Climate conference Greta Thunberg at the Stockholm Parliament, Sweden - 02 Aug 2019Shutterstock (2)

Activists unite

In 2019 everyone was talking about Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist from Sweden—and actor Leonardo DiCaprio expressed some of the warmest words about Thunberg’s efforts to help our planet. “There are few times in human history where voices are amplified at such pivotal moments and in such transformational ways—but Greta Thunberg has become a leader of our time,” he wrote in an Instagram post. “History will judge us for what we do today to help guarantee that future generations can enjoy the same livable planet that we have so clearly taken for granted. I hope that Greta’s message is a wake-up call to world leaders everywhere that the time for inaction is over.” Read on to learn about 15 ordinary people who changed the world.

10 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP/Shutterstock (10419965hl) Laverne Cox arrives at the 2019 Performers Nominee Reception presented by the Television Academy at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, in Beverly Hills, Calif 2019 Performers Nominee Reception, Beverly Hills, USA - 20 Sep 2019Shutterstock (2)

Compliment call

When Orange is the New Black star Laverne Cox found out she was chosen by Meghan Markle to appear in an issue of British Vogue the Royal was guest editing, she was floored. Even more thrilling was when Edward Enninful, the magazine’s editor-in-chief called with Markle on the line for a chat. Cox paid Markle a compliment that surely made Prince Harry proud. “She (Markle) has been such a huge inspiration for so many of us,” said Cox. “Yes, as an African American member of the royal family, but I think a lot about Prince Harry’s mother, Princess Diana, and what she meant to so many people. She wanted to help and be of service to the world—it feels like Prince Harry chose a partner who embodies so much of what his mother stood for. Certainly, the Duchess is her own person, but I think about what it means to be of service. I feel like that’s what she feels called to do. And I think that’s a beautiful thing.” Check out the ways Meghan Markle has actually broken Royal protocol.

11 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock (712390u) Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris and Luke Perry 7th Annual Discovery Awards Dinner, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, America - 08 Nov 2007 November 8, 2007 - Beverly Hills, CA. Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris and Luke Perry . Zimmer Children's Museum hosts the 7th annual Discovery Award Dinner honoring Missy Halperin and Linda Simensky .The event was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Photo by Alex Berliner®Berliner Studio/BEImages ***EXCLUSIVE***EXCLUSIVE***EXCLUSIVE***Alex Berliner/BEI/Shutterstock

Tearful tribute

When actor Luke Perry unexpectedly passed away in March 2019, his Hollywood peers immediately took to social media to share their condolences and memories of their beloved colleague. His Beverly Hills, 90210 costar Gabrielle Carteris paid a particularly loving tribute to her friend. “I am absolutely heartbroken. Luke was a tremendous force in the lives of so many,” she said in a statement to CNN. “He was a very sensitive soul who was kind, generous and he fought for the underdog. He was a strong voice and an advocate who will be so missed by all who knew him. He has left his mark—never to be forgotten.” Here’s why talking about your favorite TV shows is actually a good thing.

12 / 12
Mandatory Credit: Photo by Paul Beaty/AP/Shutterstock (10443079e) Brigid Kosgei of Kenya, wins the Women's Bank of America Chicago Marathon while setting a world record of 2:14:04, in Chicago Marathon, Chicago, USA - 13 Oct 2019Shutterstock (2)

Record breakers

In October 2019 Brigid Kosgei broke the women’s world marathon record at the Chicago Marathon. She completed the race in an impressive 2:14:04. The day prior Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the two-hour barrier—nabbing an achievement of his own. Former President Barack Obama took notice, heading to Twitter to share his congratulations for the athletes and added a heart-warming compliment. “Today in Chicago, Brigid Kosgei set a new women’s world record,” he wrote. “Staggering achievements on their own, they’re also remarkable examples of humanity’s ability to endure—and keep raising the bar.” Next, check out the best compliments parents have ever received.