“I can live for two months on a good compliment,” writer Mark Twain once said. And it’s so true: Often when we’re feeling hopeless, worthless, or trapped, all it takes is an unexpected kind word to lift us out of our emotional malaise.
It’s important to distinguish, though, between someone who gives you sincere compliments and a mere flatterer or sycophant, who may toss some positive words your way in a manipulative move to get something out of you that they want.
The following four signs don’t engage in such emotional trickery. When they compliment you, it’s because they mean it and want you to feel better. They will shower you with compliments like they’re watering a thirsty plant in the middle of a drought.
Ruled by Venus, the planet of love, Libras have a unique gift for making both friends and lovers feel special and appreciated in times when those are the last things you feel. They can sense when you’re feeling low and will do everything to lift you up. Libras are a bit shy by nature, and they often cringe when someone is complimenting them, no matter how genuine the praise is. So when it comes to compliments, for Libra ’tis better to give than receive. They genuinely enjoy giving compliments and watching their partners blush with pleasure at their words. It doesn’t matter if they’re praising the way you look, the way you performed at a task, or just a general comment about how awesome you are—Libra wants to make you feel good about yourself.
There’s something about being praised by an extrovert that just feels better than when kind words come from an introvert. A fire sign ruled by the sun, Leo the Lion shines with a natural charisma that never seems fake or manipulative—you even wind up hoping that some of their confidence and charm might accidentally rub off on you. One thing about the sun is that it freely shares its light and warmth with everything around it. All life on this planet needs direct access to sunshine, or this would be one dark, cold, frozen orb such as Neptune or (shudder to think) Uranus. There are no strangers to a Leo, only friends they’ve yet to meet.
If you’re feeling sad, lonely, listless, and are looking for zodiac sign to give you a pep talk, Sagittarius is the one. Of all the signs, they make the best coaches and managers. They are fire signs who burn with an optimism that is so strong, they are able to look at the bright side of even the darkest situation. Natural-born peacemakers who absolutely hate drama, they have a unique gift for resolving conflict. This not only applies to conflict between you and other people; it’s especially relevant when you’re suffering from an internal struggle. Masters of positive reinforcement, they’ll find just the right words to melt all your self-doubt away.
Cancer is such a naturally empathetic sign, it may be time to finally do away with their symbol the Crab and call them something like the Puppy or the Kitten. Also, isn’t it time to get rid of the name “Cancer” altogether? There aren’t any other signs named after fatal diseases, and it doesn’t do justice to one of the kindest and most compassionate signs. Cancer is not only deeply in touch with their own emotions; they have a rare ability to sense when you’re not feeling your best. If you’re not feeling good, they’re not feeling good, and they’ll reach down deep within themselves to remind you of everything that’s great about you.