By pausing and offering a genuine compliment, you invite a two-way experiment in vulnerability, both to you and whoever is giving or receiving the compliment. It's one thing to ask for a compliment. It's another to receive it fully without deflection. When we are vulnerable we let our guard down to connect and fulfill one of our deepest human needs.
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Training our attention and awareness qualities is one of the best ways that I know of, to learn to get in touch with our discerning mind and the energy within our body. Such training is like holding up a mirror onto our own minds, just as we do with our faces, and instantly recognize what is it that needs fixing.