Help a friend focus on what is special about them or positive about a situation. Be generous with praise, cautious with criticism.
Did you know? Nowhere will you find a statue in honor of a critic.
Tips: Encouragement doesn't always come naturally. Be brave and try. The more you practice, the more natural it becomes. When you aren't sure what to say to someone, just think about what you would want to hear and do your part by sharing that positive message.
*If you need to tell someone something that may be difficult in conversation, leave them an encouraging voicemail.
*Mention things a person did do right. (It provides a sense of reward).
Fun Fact Motivator:
A 2018 study found that choosing to be positive was linked to decreased mortality over a 35-year period! Why? Choosing to "focus on the flowers not the weeds" can lessen stress. Research also shows that making a habit of thinking positive helps people become more resilient to life's stressful happenings. Multiple recent studies show that when positive and encouraging words are said to us, the production of dopamine rises and increases our motivation. How cool is that we have the power to motivate someone just by choosing to share a positive perspective.