Letting Go of “But”

Have you ever had a friend (or relative) who couldn't seem to give a full compliment? I have one (she shall go unnamed) who can't help but qualify every kind thing she says to me. "Your hair looks great—but you really ought to learn how to use make-up," she'll say. Or "Your cake tastes so much better than last time—did someone else make it?" Or "I heard your party was really fun . . . until the food ran out."
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