Sometimes You Need an Emergency Compliment

Ali’s Team Pick:

Not all emergencies require evacuation. Some just require compliments. With Emergency Compliment, you can get some really sweet, really funny ones for just such an situation. Simply visit the website and bam, you’ve got your compliment. If you still feel crappy, just click the button that says you still feel crappy and the website will continue to barrage you with the most unique compliments you’ve ever received. Basically, this website is like liquid self-esteem comedy elixir that you can figuratively drink and feel better.

And the best part? If you want to share this compliment with another human or if you just need a friendly reminder above your desk, you can buy a print (or a framed one! Or a stretched canvas one!) Just click the “Thanks! I feel better!” button to get to the one that made you smile. Like for instance, I really want to buy my girlfriend this one. Because it’s true.

Actually, I have so many favorites and the regular prints are so cost effective that I’m thinking, because all the department stores have told me it’s Christmas in October and I have to be thinking about these things before Thanksgiving is even planned, that I might just do my entire Holiday season in bold, stylish typography and silly, whimsical words. That and, of course, Autostraddle gear. Who’s with me?

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A.E. Osworth

A.E. Osworth is part-time Faculty at The New School, where they teach undergraduates the art of digital storytelling. Their novel, We Are Watching Eliza Bright, about a game developer dealing with harassment (and narrated collectively by a fictional subreddit), is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing (April 2021) and is available for pre-order now. They have an eight-year freelancing career and you can find their work on Autostraddle (where they used to be the Geekery Editor), Guernica, Quartz, Electric Lit, Paper Darts, Mashable, and drDoctor, among others.

A.E. has written 542 articles for us.


  1. I felt better, and in relaying that information back to them they asked me to buy my compliment. For some uncanny reason, attempting to sell me white helvetica on a solid fluorescent background with an advertisement at the bottom, all in the name of making me feel better makes me feel a whole hell of a lot worse—for humanity.

  2. is is just me or does this site have a very limited number of compliments? i was clicking for about a minute or two and got “i would trust you to dog-sit for a weekend” and “disney is basing its next cartoon on you” twice. i did need someone to say nice things about my haircut though, so thanks

  3. I’d actually find some of these compliments to be offensive, especially the: “Your hair smells like freshly-cut grass”. I fucking hate that smell.

  4. “You’re the best at making cereal.”

    Damn straight. I feel so much better about myself now.

  5. I think I might have just found two Christmas presents.

    This is a little expensive for Helvetica on neon but IDGAF.

  6. I’d be the last one standing in a horror movie. Can’t get a better compliment than that on Halloween.

    … wait maybe that means I’m the killer and there’s gonna be a sequel!

  7. it made me sad at first cause it told “your pet loves you too much to run away” and my cat died a couple of months ago.

    but after clicking for a bit it did tell me “people at trivia night are terrified of you” and that made me smile cause hell yeah they are

  8. The second one hits close to home. I keep telling myself I need to buy curtains for my bedroom, but this I’m going to keep on parading around naked! Might be makin someone’s day

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