Jeremiah, a good friend of mine, texted me the other day and said, “Ryan, what are some other ways to say ‘thank you for your kind words.'” I actually wanted to text this to someone (an ex-girlfriend) and didn’t want it to sound a bit dry!
I told him that’s a great thing—not wanting to sound like you’re being rude. No matter if it’s a work message or a personal message, this phrase sometimes comes off a little rude!
Other Ways to Say “Thank you for your kind words…”
—Other ways to say “thank you for your kind words”
Great ways for work (synonyms for ‘thank you for your kind words’)
- I really appreciate what you’re saying.
- These words really do mean a lot to me. Thank you.
- I’ve never had someone compliment me at work like this, thank you.
- This is truly motivating to hear, I appreciate this.
- You’re really showing me that you care about this job and me, too. Thank you.
- Can’t tell you how much I appreciate that.
- I’ve never had someone give me these kinds of compliments before. Thank you.
- Thank you so much, this is incredible.
- Appreciate your encouragement, truly.
- Love how kind you are. Thank you!
- The feeling is so mutual!
- Wow, you’re just one of the best people I know—you know that!
- Thank you for saying those things, it does mean a lot.
- Appreciate you opening up and saying that.
- Gosh, I’m in shock right now—thank you.
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Ways for in your personal life (synonyms for ‘thank you for your kind words’)
- Aw, man… I can’t thank you enough!
- Means a lot to me that you said this.
- You’re being really nice right now and I appreciate it.
- Wow, you’re incredible—thank you.
- It takes a lot to share these kinds of words—thank you!
- Woah, no one has ever said that to me before, thank you!
- You’re an incredible person—thank you.
- I’m shocked at how great you are. Thank you.
- These words are really settling in and having a strong impact, you’re incredible.
- There’s nothing I can say that would tell you how much I appreciate those words!
- You’re awesome to work with—thank you for saying this.
- Working with you is great—thank you.
- One of the nicest people I know award goes to you!
- This workplace is fantastic—and it’s because of people like you!
- Wow, I have so many more nice things to say about you, too!
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Best alternative ways to say “thank you for your kind words”
Based on my own personal experience here—I really like saying something that’s deep and meaningful. A type of response that really tells the person that you care about what they just said.
“Thank you for your kind words” is a bit generic. Whenever I want to say something that’s along these lines I often say, “I really appreciate what you just said, it means a lot to me.”
Saying something like this is a far better way to tell the person that what they just told you had a strong impact. At least that’s how I do it.
When I share this—it opens up about my own personal feelings a bit more. And that’s good at work and at home.
Example of sharing “That’s kind of you to say” at work
In a professional setting, you might want to use something like, “I really appreciate you saying that. It means a lot to me.” Or, “That’s kind of you to say.” It’s a great way to express your emotions and condolences without going overboard.
For example, you may have received positive feedback at work and want to thank the person for that feedback.
Here’s what you would say in a professional setting:
Amy: I have to tell you that you’re one of the best Product Designers that I’ve had the opportunity to work with over the years.
You: Wow, that’s kind of you to say that. I really do appreciate it!
Example of sharing “This means a lot to me” in a personal setting
An informal synonym for “Thank you for your kind words” is “This means a lot to me.” It’s a simple, yet emotive way of expressing that the words that the person just shared are truly important to you.
Here is how you might see that come about in a personal setting (informal):
Brian: You know, I want to tell you that our friendship has really been great over the years. And I appreciate how much we’re able to be together.
You: Wow, this means a lot to me that you’re willing to share that. Thanks, Brian.
Another example in an informal setting:
Susan: You should really be proud of how much you’ve accomplished. It’s really hard to do what you’re doing and not get burnt out.
You: That means a lot to me that you’d think that. I appreciate you texting me this!
Whether “Thank you for your kind words” is appropriate to say at work or not
It’s totally appropriate to say this phrase at work.
Although, it can certainly come across as a little bland. Why is that? Well, the phrase comes across bland because it lacks customized emotion. It’s a phrase that you would EXPECT to hear from someone who is intentionally being closed off.
If you’re interested in building a connection with someone, then you might want to customize what you’re saying to make it seem a bit more friendly.
Something like, “This is really awesome of you to say!” Or, “Gosh! You’re really nice. I appreciate you saying this.”
These have a little bit more emotion to them, especially when communicating over text like in email, Slack, Microsoft Teams, or other communication platforms.
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