Truett Cathy said it best, “You know someone needs encouragement if they are breathing.”
Everyday we are berated with “you can do better, you can be more attractive, you are not quite good enough.” But noticeably absent from our culture are the efforts made to appreciate each other.
Positive Reinforcement is a great way to teach children. Even train your pet. And while I’m not trying to get you to “train” anyone to do anything I am saying with all the research that a pat on the back goes along way you would think we would do it more often.
I think being summoned to the bosses office should at least occasionally be a good thing. Or taking our kids to the side let them know we noticed how well the were sharing and we are so proud of them.
The forgotten art of handwritten notes is a great way to encourage others. There is something special about going to the mailbox to find a letter with your name on the outside handwritten. You know its not a bill, it is someone who took the time to sit down, write something special to YOU, pin down your address, and even found a stamp! Handwritten sticky notes are also very sweet to leave around the house or to place in a work bag, lunch box etc. My husband is so sweet about doing this before he leaves on trips. Sweet little sticky notes to find while he is gone.
But there is also nothing wrong with sending an uplifting email or facebook message. I try to be sensitive when i notice a certain person keeps coming to mind. If I know they are going through a hard time I try to make a POINT (because it has to be intentional) to give them a call or just touch base somehow. I don’t always do it and I often miss the boat but the times I do get it right it is such a blessing to pass on some encouragement.
I wonder what our world would look like if we actually told each other how much we appreciate each other and did it often.
Now if you will excuse me I have a long overdue note to send to a friend.