Useful reminder from James Clear with 7 times you should just say Thank You.
#1 on his list is where I usually stuff up – responding to compliments.
As James notes:
We often ruin compliments by devaluing the statement or acting overly humble. Internally, you might think this prevents you from appearing arrogant or smug.
The problem is that by deflecting the praise of a genuine compliment, you don’t acknowledge the person who was nice enough to say something. Simply saying “Thank You” fully acknowledges the person who made the compliment and allows you to enjoy the moment as well.
He continues with a ton of good examples – check them out.
Makes me think of this as well.