I, too, find it difficult to accept compliments without embellishing my answer and saying where I got the dress, or the haircut or the shoes. None of that is necessary unless the one giving the compliment asks for additional information. Nor is it necessary to compliment the complimenter in return. That usually feels fake, anyway, doesn't it?
So remember, the answer to a compliment is just two little words and a smile. Thank you.
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