The Five Most Flattering Things You Can Say to a Guy

Just because he doesn't always handle compliments well, it doesn't mean he doesn't want to hear them!
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A woman whispering into a man's ear

Ask a guy the last thing a woman did that pissed him off and he’ll have a laundry list of material. Ask him for the nicest compliment a woman gave him recently and you’ll probably receive an answer along the lines of: “Are they supposed to do that?” “Wait? The nicest thing she said to me or I told her? … Uhh. Well, this one time… Uhh… What’s the question again?”

After speaking with a bunch of guys about the most flattering comments they’ve ever received from women there was a lot of hesitation, at first. It was almost as if they didn’t want to brag about themselves, or even worse, admit that a woman said something nice about them.

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For some reason, men are all about complimenting women (teasing counts), but when women return the favor, they don’t want to believe it. “I guess I just don’t focus on compliments enough to remember them,” says Pierce, a musician from Long Island, who seems to speak for most of the people I talked to. Well, that’s unless women hit directly on the types of things men really want to hear. According to my humble research, those are the comments that really seem to stay with them.

The famous face
A lot of guys want to hear a girl tell them they’re good looking, but that can be an awkward thing for a girl to say to a guy she’s interested in or to someone she only began dating recently. That’s where the look-a-like compliment comes into play. “One girl told me I looked like Edward Cullen,” said Pierce. “That was an awesome compliment because every chick wants him.”

Connecting the dots, Pierce came to the conclusion that if every chick wants Robert Pattinson and Pierce looks like the Twilight star, well then, he’s in. Ladies, if you’re keeping track at home, score one for vampires!

The master of the bedroom
This one is a no-brainer. Men like to think they know how to rock a woman’s world in bed, even if they know it’s probably not always true. “One girl told me I was the best she ever had,” said Jeff, an Indiana-based accountant. “That’s the best compliment I’ve ever gotten.” And in true male fashion, Jeff awkwardly followed it up with his favorite rap line of the moment, “I told her to blame it on the alcohol.”

The king of comedy
When women are asked what they look for in a guy, one of the most popular responses is always “someone who can make me laugh.” Trust me, most men are well aware that women want someone who can put a smile on their face, which probably explains all the lame Leno and Letterman wannabes out there. Fielding, a friend of mine from Los Angeles, (a real guy who made up this bogus name for this article), wants his sense of humor to be appreciated. “I like to think I’m funny, so it’s nice when it gets validated,” he said.

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28 thoughts on “The Five Most Flattering Things You Can Say to a Guy

  1. uptowngirl says:

    I always compliment my guy, I hope he remembers what I say lol.

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  2. sabina says:

    Even to say you love spending time with him is a sweet compliment.

  3. NYCdogmommy says:

    It’s fun complimenting guys, because they get flustered!

  4. citymouse says:

    So true that they don’t handle compliments well — but a good reminder that it’s still important to go there! Thanks, Justin!

  5. jessica03 says:

    I love guys with a great sense of humor!

  6. BarbMayer724 says:

    I tell my husband he’s handsome all the time, and I really mean it. He is 64 years old, but to me he is the most handsome man in the whole world.

  7. roxbury says:

    Like the song Goldfinger says. Baby, you’re the best is the no-fail compliment.

  8. Marisa5454 says:

    Compliments should be reciprocated–it’s important for both people in the relationship to feel valued and appreciated! Excellent and witty article. Keep them coming!

  9. dessie81 says:

    I tell my husband I really like and appreciate how practical he is :) He loves it.

  10. nola4ever says:

    I find that everyone loves compliments, no matter how odd or obscure. I once told a guy I liked his freckles and he smiled and said “wow! normally noone notices them. thank you!” Haha i had to say something… they were adorable!!

  11. nimrod90 says:

    i told him he looked like Billie Joe Armstrong. he loved that… we both love Green Day, thats what brought us together. oh and i told him he was great in bed. thats no lie. he does all this weird stuff to and its successful. I end with a bang ALL THE TIME!!

  12. balletchik says:

    Just recently my boyfriend and i were really going at it and when we finished he asked how was it and i was breathless and after a few minutes of heavy breathing i said “wow” and he laughed. I knew he liked that i complimented him by the smile on his face. I love to see him smile so i like to compliment him all the time.

  13. abtru says:

    i always tell my husband he is a good man. He doesn’t sleep around, works hard to provide for us, is a great father, and not to mention he doesn’t act like we are all making him miserable at the end of each work day even though we are probably driving him nuts. Most men don’t get enough credit for just being good guys and this is one of the things I love about him

  14. veda122 says:

    I saw a coworker of mine and I complimented on the bit of grays he had growing in his beard. Told him it made him look wise & sexxyyyy!!
    He blushed & I could see he loved it.

  15. denysejb says:

    We have a long distance relationship and i told him that i didn’t realize how much i needed his “phone hugs and kisses” until he gave me some. Then i said, “Do you know that you’re so yummy and kissable?” He said that i was kissable…

  16. Laura says:

    I told a nicely dressed older man in an elevator that he had a great tie. He initially looked surprised, but I could tell he was flattered. . . .

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  23. harry says:

    It's really funny to know all these facts about the flattering things to a guy. It's not about gender, every one loves to hear an appreciation or compliments on them. That was true. And all the above given tips are good and i think it might be helpful to most of them. Keep sharing more pal.
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    when I tell my boyfriend he's handsum ,he doesn't belive and that's one of the things DAT makes him get I love to repeat it to him now and then jxt to see how he reacts

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