No one actually likes criticism. But smart, successful people know that they need criticism in order to grow and improve. Gretchen Rubin from The Happiness Project has a few pointers on how to handle criticism effectively.
Instead of jumping to denial and being defensive, she advises us to listen carefully to the critic and sleep on it. Even if you end up disagreeing with that person, you are still able to keep peace with him or her instead of making a scene based on compulsiveness and anger. After all, you have the right to filter and take criticism only from the people you trust and respect.