Is it cruel to be kind? One in five say they are reluctant to pay complements ... trends now
They're famously free of charge, but paying compliments is something one in five of us are now reluctant to do in case it causes offence.
Researchers found that 20 per cent of people fear remarks about appearance, looks, dress sense or work performance may cause unintentional embarrassment or upset.
Some 45 per cent of those polled said receiving a spontaneous compliment or kind remark still brightened their day, but only a quarter claimed to