40 Cute Compliments To Give Someone That Don't Have Anything To Do With Looks

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Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the pool of "You are soOoOoOO pretty" compliments? 

Here's the thing: I will never complain if someone compliments my physical appearance. I have spent many years trying to feel comfortable in my skin and now that I am, I enjoy hearing someone else assure me that I am not the beast I thought I was. 

However, is "pretty" all that I am? I get it, whenever we see a random, attractive person, our first instinct (if we're brave enough) would be to compliment their physical appearance. 

Because we do not know them as people it's easier to call out their beauty rather than dissect their personality and get to know them on a personal level. 

Are we supposed to allow people to call us "cute" or "pretty" without feeling the need to address how society made us believe that this is all we are? We are more than those words, and I'm going to help everyone who has fallen under when it comes to complimenting people. 

Research studies indicate that receiving a compliment can "boost self-efficiency, enhance feelings of competence and autonomy, and creates positive feelings."

So, while being praised for our looks can boost our happiness levels, it is not something we all want to hear 24/7.

Being called pretty over and over again is the equivalent of receiving messages on Tinder that start off with "Hey." There are so many other conversation starters to think of, and some people think that a three-letter word is your golden ticket to love. 

Instead of praising someone for their beauty, let's change the way we compliment one another and find new, fun things to say that will give our conversation partner the same mood-boosting feelings! 

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Here are 40 compliments to give someone that doesn't have anything to do with their looks:

1. Their strength 

You are one of the strongest people I know.

2. Their level of fun

You are more fun than anyone or anything I know, including bubble wrap.

3. Their individuality

You are the most perfect you there is.

4. Their viewpoint 

Your outlook on life is amazing.

5. Their presence

You just light up the room.

6. Their effect on other people

I love the way you bring out the best in people.

7. Their effect on you 

You inspire me.

8. Their cooking 

When it comes to cooking, no one’s meals are quite as delicious.

9. Their ability to be better 

You make me want to be a better person.

10. Their smile 

Your smile is contagious.

11. Their cartoon-like abilities 

If cartoon bluebirds were real, a couple of 'em would be sitting on your shoulders singing right now.

12. Their ability to make life better

You're like sunshine on a rainy day.

13. Their sweat 

I bet you sweat glitter.

14. Their ability to make life colorful 

Colors seem brighter when you're around.

15. Their fun levels

You're more fun than a ball pit filled with candy.

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16. Their humor

Jokes are funnier when you tell them.

17. Their ability to always see the good

You always know how to find that silver lining.

18. Their ability to make the sadness better

You're a candle in the darkness.

19. Their ability to make life better

Being around you is like a happy little vacation.

20. Their ability to make you feel calm 

You're like a breath of fresh air.

21. Their ability to make anyone smile 

You're someone's reason to smile.

22. Their kindness 

Your kindness is a balm to all who encounter it.

23. Their bravery 

You are so brave.

24. Their courage

 You have the courage of your convictions.

25. Their coolness level 

You were cool way before hipsters were cool.

26. Their flaws 

That thing you don't like about yourself is what makes you really interesting.

27. Their thoughtfulness

You're so thoughtful.

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28. Their ability to know what they want 

When you make up your mind, nothing stands in your way.

29. Their level of self

You seem to really know who you are.

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30. Their perspective

Your perspective is refreshing.

31. Their fact-sharing ability 

Your ability to recall random factoids at just the right times is impressive.

32. Their ability to persevere 

You're always learning new things and trying to better yourself. That's awesome.

33. Their grammar ability

If someone based an Internet meme on you, it would have impeccable grammar.

34. Their resourcefulness 

I bet you could survive a zombie apocalypse.

35. Their creativity 

Your creative potential seems limitless.

36. Their ability to get back up 

Everyone gets knocked down sometimes; only people like you get back up again and keep going.

37. Their mind 

You have a good head on your shoulders.

38. Their accomplishments 

I hope you are proud of yourself because I am!

39. Their good choices 

You are a great example to others.

40. The way they make you feel

You are the reason I am smiling today.

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Destiny Duprey is a writer and musician who has written dozens of articles on spirituality, astrology, and relationships.