Recieving compliments and giving compliments is an art, at least in my opinion, but the most difficult one is recieving compliments graciously and genuinely.
Reading Kahlil Gibran decades ago, I loved his advice on recieving compliments with grace, as being as important as accepting a precious gift. If you react negatively when accepting a gift, the giver will be hurt and will not understand why he or she was rejected.
My cousin always waves away compliments with an "Oh no, not me," or, "Oh no, you are much prettier than I am," or, "Oh no, this dress makes me look fat." I've asked her why she can't just say, "Thank you?" She won't answer. She also doens't think much of herself, which is the saddest thing of all.
I'm not talking about meaningless compliments such as those from a car salesman, or those compliments that turn out to be insults. True compliments are given with respect, admiration or love . Receiving is just as important as giving.
I'm responding, perhaps, more strongly than usual, because Dys and I have argued about this so often. He doesn't like compliments because they are so often meaningless tripe. I agree, but he doesn't think I understand his position He doesn't seem to realize that that's because I don't like him...
I'm so glad Mo received a compliment and felt the pleasure that goes along with it. He had a lovely learning experience as well as a compliment.
Hugs to you both.