I can’t say I was always good at taking compliments, but it really surprises me to see how many other people—especially adults—are not. I’ve heard individuals display pretty much all of the above responses, most frequently b, c, and d.
If a compliment makes you feel awkward, clearly you don’t crave the spotlight. But these responses honestly prolong what you’re trying to avoid. Now instead, your companion has to continuously reiterate their compliment to you, which really is a far weirder situation than that posed by the initial gesture.
So the golden rule as I see it, or have been made to see, is this:
1) Say thank you. And now move on with life.
It’s short, it’s sweet, you truly appreciate the comment without denying, dismissing, or further glorifying yourself in it. Done.
Another great alternative I see some of my favorite people use all the time:
2) Compliment the person’s gesture.
If you think of a compliment as a burden, well you’re even now. Things are back at equilibrium, relax. Moreover, you acknowledge that beauty is in the eye of the beholder: you’re not amazing, but your companion is—for seeing the good in others.