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“It’s better to give than receive,” is a saying you probably have heard before. But I was recently reminded of the importance of receiving, too.

A friend was sharing how they will often have someone compliment them – maybe on their looks or the work they are doing. And they shared how they often deflect it or downplay it. We say things like, “are you kidding I don’t look that good” or “I’m not that great at what I do.”

One person responded back to them with the phrase: “the correct response is ‘thank you.’”

Why is it so hard for some of us to receive – whether it’s a gift or a compliment? It comes down to how we feel about ourselves. We don’t feel great about our abilities or who we are, so we struggle when people say something positive about us. Sometimes it comes because we are comparing ourselves to other people. “I’m not as smart as them” or “they are way better than me at this.”

It’s been said we have two hands – one to give and one to receive. We often emphasize giving a lot, but it’s important to be able to receive as well. Why? Because you are worth it.


**Eric has his Masters in Counseling and when not on B105.7, works as a private practice counselor.**


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