Most people, especially people who have nothing to gain, only speak a compliment if they mean it. Just say thank you. As a therapist in a skilled nursing facility, often, when I tell someone they're doing well, the response I get is; "You tell everyone that.". NO, I don't. If you need to improve, I will tell you. The only way one will improve is if they know they need to.
Sometimes, a lot of times, people, men, women, young and old see themselves through the filter of someone close to them telling them they are nothing. I've experienced that in my childhood carrying on into most of my adult life. It got to a point where everything in me screamed, IT'S NOT TRUE!
At that moment, things began to change. It wasn't easy, it was painful, scary and so hard I can't even tell you. BUT, it has been worth it. Over the past four years, I have changed and grown in ways that astound me. Today I am happy, strong, confident and bold. This is the person I was born to be without apology.
Interestingly, as I changed my view of myself, my body, health and overall appearance changed as well. A happy side effect.
Surrounding myself with good people who were and are, not afraid to tell me the truth, be it good or not, has made a world of difference. I also needed to be open to hearing the truth, either way. Balance is so important, one cannot realize their highest self thinking too highly or lowly about themselves.
When someone who loves you and you trust, tells you, you're wonderful, believe them. Smile and let the light shine into your soul. Fantasizing the freedom to be honest about my self, flaws and all.