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Are compliments a thing of the past?

  • May 22, 2007

  • Are compliments a thing of the past?

    A new study has shown that for one in ten women, it has been over three months since they received a compliment from a member of the opposite sex.

    A whopping 60 per cent of women say they receive fewer compliments than they did five years ago, according to the survey by Loire Valley White Wines.

    These findings beg one question: have modern men lost the art of paying a compliment?

    A closer look at the study suggests that it may not be their fault, as women can't seem to make their minds up.

    Despite complaining that they don't receive enough complimentary remarks, 70 per cent of women said that they are mistrustful of compliments that don't come from their husbands or lovers, while 65 per cent said they were suspicious of the motives behind flattery.

    Relationships expert Christine Webber suspects that the death of the compliment may be a consequence of our modern obsession with political correctness.

    However, she does offer the following advice on making a woman feel great.

    "The trick is to be able to pay someone a compliment and make them feel good about themselves, rather than coming over as smarmy or, worse, a bit lecherous," she advises.

    "Faces, smiles, hair and dress sense are good areas for compliments when you are trying to get to know someone better as they are personal but not too intimate."

    Armed with those handy tips, why not get dating right away?


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