Sure, you could always tell someone they're pretty (snooze) or that they smell nice (umm, thanks?)—or you could find the perfect compliment that acknowledges the person in the exact way they want to be recognized. In honor of National Compliment Day on January 24, 2018, we've consulted the stars and studied up on every sign's personality traits to uncover the perfect way to praise every member of the zodiac.
March 21 - April 19
"You're the strongest person I know."
Aries may seem like they're made of fire and determination, but the truth is, they're often full of self-doubt. By acknowledging a ram's strength, you're reminding them of their own inner power and giving them a dose of confidence to get back out there and slay.
April 20 - May 20
"You are so funny!"
There's no sign in the zodiac that wants to make you cheese harder than Taurus. Due to this sign's tendency to overload themselves emotionally, they're known to use humor as a way to release their anxiety and frustration. When you laugh at a Taurus's jokes, you're basically offering them non-prescription stress relief.
May 21 - June 20
"I've never met anyone with a mind like yours."
Gemini is basically a supercomputer in heels. They have neurons that fire faster than any other sign in the zodiac. (We're fairly sure that's a scientific fact.) Having a fast brain means they figure things out one billion times faster than we do and, because they're Gemini, they don't mind a little acknowledgment of their mental prowess.
June 21 - July 22
"You light up my life."
Cheesy as it sounds, Cancer tries so hard to be a place of comfort, wisdom and joy for others. Nothing makes this crab sign feel better than knowing that all that emotional work they put into their relationships is not only being received, but appreciated, too.
July 23 - Aug. 22
"I love your sense of style."
Fierce Leo is known to curate their fashion like fine art and will put a lot of time and energy into their daily look. While telling someone they're pretty is so 2010, telling a Leo their swagger is so tight you want them to be your personal shopper is future-level complimenting.
Aug. 23 - Sept. 22
"Your wisdom really helped me."
Virgo is a natural caretaker and loves nothing more than doling out their well-informed wisdom to lend a helping hand. Make the Virgo in your life shine by letting them know how much you appreciate their opinions and that they've helped you make better decisions in your own life. They'll likely float away on a cloud of rainbows if you do.
Sept. 23 - Oct. 22
"You're so good at ..."
The key to giving a really good compliment to a Libra is to be specific. If they're playing a song on the guitar, compliment the tune as well as their finger skills. If they're cooking, talk about the seasonings they've used. Libra can spot a faker a mile away, so make sure your praise is as sincere as it is earned.
Oct. 23 - Nov. 22
"You're so creative!"
Scorpio is low-key the MacGyver of the zodiac—able to turn any scrap into something magical. Whether it's leftovers turned into a four-course meal or colored paper turned into works of origami art, Scorpio doesn't need a lot to make the absolute most of it.
Nov. 23 - Dec. 21
"I know I can count on you."
Sagittarius might be the most methodical, uncompromising sign of the zodiac, but they are also givers who want the important people in their life to feel their love and support. Let your Sagittarius know you never (not even for a second) doubt they'll be there for you when you need them.
Dec. 22 - Jan. 19
"You're incredibly self-reliant."
Capricorn learned a long time ago that the only person who's going to get sh-t done in their lives is them. Like quiet conductors of an orchestra, this archer sign is always maneuvering and making things happen for themselves and others. Let them know you see it and are in a whole lot of awe.
Jan. 20 - Feb. 18
"You're a game-changer."
While we all know there's no one in the world like an Aquarius, we should also recognize their ability to basically run the entire world. They're beyond smart and have a flexible, always-learning mind that allows them to be incredible leaders and innovators. They don't need you to compliment them, either—but they definitely won't be mad at ya for it.
Feb. 19 - March 20
"You bring joy to this world."
Pisces cares. We're not talking average, run-of-the-mill kind of caring, but the deep and dedicated kind of concern that leads to action and follow-up. They're like walking rainbows, brightening the world wherever they go. Tell them you see all the goodness they bring, and give them their own mental pot o' gold.
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