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What’s the Nicest Thing Anyone’s Ever Said to You?

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Last fall, I got a letter in the mail…

My mom had written to thank me for hosting her at our apartment for a long weekend, and she listed all the fun things we’d done together — watching Catastrophe reruns, window-shopping around the neighborhood, making pumpkin pie (just because).

And at the end of her note, she wrote: “I love you, honey. You’re always on my mind.”

Something about those words — you’re always on my mind — moved me so much. What is it about certain words that can make you want to cry a million tears and remember them forever?

My friend’s teacher told her she had “a golden heart,” and our wedding poem still makes me teary.

I’m curious: What’s the nicest thing anyone’s ever said to you? What’s something that made you feel really good? During this back-to-school time when anxiety is maxed out, I would love to overhear your sweet nothings. xoxo

P.S. 11 feel-good reader comments, and what has inspired you lately?

(Photo by Stas Pylypets/Stocksy.)

  1. Nova (them them) says...

    I’m a natural redhead, and as such, have very pale skin. But not Victorian beautiful pale skin, more like contact dermatitis when I touch anything, and bruises like a banana pale skin. A boy I dated once told me my legs were beautiful “like snow”. I’ve never forgotten it.

  2. Lizo says...

    I was a young adult, starting out on my own in a new city. I was very unsure of things, especially myself.
    I was stopped on the sidewalk by an older man who said “I watched you walking and girl, you walk like you mean business. Nobodys going to mess with you”. It may not have been *nice* but approximately 50 years later, I remember him and I still walk like I mean business.

  3. My family became close with another family when I was still very little, and no matter how far we may have lived from each other they always showed us such love. I came to consider them family, like my aunt and uncle. So, when we moved back to NYC, I’d see Uncle Steve more on the reg. I am not sure if he ever knew how close I felt, or that he had become a father figure for me. Yet, he took to calling me “koroula” (meaning “little daughter” in Greek) which is also what he called his granddaughters. Honestly, it was the most touching, honoring thing ever uttered to me, and I’ve cherished it greatly, and even more so since his passing last year. It is a truly incredible thing to be loved by someone that much, let alone by such a kind, gentle and supportive soul as was his.

  4. Molly says...

    A parent of a student I taught once told me that when she first met me, she thought I was a modern day Ms. Honey. I was speechless.

  5. Tamara says...

    So I just did this in reverse…was shopping in Trader Joe’s (no line!) and I was putting my cart back after I finished loading my car and one of the parking lot workers took it from me and I took off my sunglasses and said “thanks! I’m giving you an eye smile over my mask!” He beamed!! He said he could really use that and I made his morning…felt good! Spread a little love in time of pandemic!

  6. Caroline Alexander says...

    I’m Caucasian and, speaking one day years ago to an African American friend of mine and my mother’s about racism, she said that she didn’t think of us as being any race at all. Meaning we didn’t ever treat anyone differently. It made me proud to be the daughter of a woman who saw no color, no differences. I get choked up every time I remember that conversation. It was such a lovely thing to hear.

  7. Tina K says...

    “I feel so much better after talking to you.”

  8. Maria says...

    One day when my mom (who is very spare with kind words, greeting cards would say “from, mom”) and I were playing with my three month old baby on her bed, paused for a moment and said to me, “ you are a really good mom.”

  9. Laurel says...

    Shortly after we started dating, my now husband woke up one morning, looked at me and said “you look so beautiful in the morning light.” Swoon!

  10. Eden says...

    I was talking with my uncle last week and ended up being more vulnerable than I originally planned on. He said “you’re precious to me, Eden,” and I teared up. I’m in my early 20s and he’s always been a father/friend figure to me.

  11. Katie says...

    My 3 year old son often tells me “I’m stuck in love with you” and it gets me every time.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      awwwww <3