When you stop and think about it, we have somewhat different expectations when it comes to compliments for guys and gals.
The Fairer seems to encourage a fairer bit of attention and effort here, with men lauding their women with laudable examples of wit. Case in point, Algernon from Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest—’I hope, Cecily, I shall not offend you if I state quite frankly and openly that you seem to me to be in every way the visible personification of absolute perfection.’
A good deal more impressive and memorable than ‘Hey, sexy,’ no?
And that’s just one example. Knights swearing their everlasting love, Shakespeare’s many memorable lovers, drawing room dramas, sitcoms and rom coms—for centuries, Western culture has had a thing for men getting in touch with their sensitive side to impress the perfect woman with the perfect words.
But when it comes to how to compliment a guy, the examples tend to be a bit less inspired.
‘Oh, you’re SO strong!’
‘Oh, you’re SO helpful!’
‘Oh, you’re SO helpful…because you’re SO strong!’
But chances are, if a guy is making you truly happy, there are probably a few more substantial things you could stand to compliment him on.
Here, then, are six fresh, non-strength-related compliments for guys and why they always work