Words of Encouragement

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Whether you are a leader, friend, or family member, words of encouragement are something that those around us like to hear. Sharing some encouraging words is just one of the simple ways of letting those around us know they are doing their best and that they are appreciated. While everyone loves to hear words of encouragement, trying to determine what to say can be difficult. Sometimes, our words of encouragement may be perceived as criticism rather than words of support and appreciation.

In this post, we share how to:

  • How to show appreciation
  • Words of encouragement
  • Tips to show encouragement

How to Show Appreciation

Are you a supervisor who wants to show your appreciation towards an employee who is doing well? Maybe, you want to give some words of encouragement on a project that has been quite difficult and long. One way of showing appreciation towards an employee or colleague is through reinforcing and acknowledging the work they have and are doing. Doing this is going to let them know that you are paying attention and that their efforts have not gone unnoticed.

If you are a parent or a spouse who wants to show appreciation or encouragement, sometimes only just being there when they need you to can go a long way. For example, did your partner’s curling team make it to the finals? One way of showing encouragement and support is to attend that match and cheer them on. Just being there can make them feel appreciated and feel positively encouraged by your actions.

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When it comes to providing words of encouragement, don’t wait to show your appreciation or encourage positive behavior. If the person has simplified your life or done something with positive results – let them know. For example, you could say something along the lines of, “Your attention to detail is truly appreciated, I would never have caught that typo.” A simple phrase like that can go a long way. These acts provide positive reinforcement and encouragement that is going to motivate them to continue to do well.

Understandably, not everything that those around us do is going to be positive or pleasant; however, there is a way to provide encouragement without deflating their efforts. This is through constructive criticism. Doing this lets the person know that they may have made a mistake, or that their actions have not resulted in the ideal outcome but that their efforts are appreciated. Doing it this way allows them to learn and improve.

Words of Encouragement 

If you ask anyone what is the most common combination of words to encourage someone, they would say, “I’m proud of you.” This four-word phrase is the most straightforward and most encouraging words you can speak to someone. No matter what the receiver of the phrase has done, hearing these powerful words of encouragement can make them feel appreciated and valued.

What are some other words of encouragement?

Some other sayings include: 

  • Great job!
  • You did a fantastic job!
  • You are amazing, brave, and strong.
  • Everything is going to be okay in the end – and even if it isn’t known that you gave it your all.
  • Always remember you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think and twice as beautiful as you ever imagined.
  • You are not going to master the rest of your life in one day – relax.
  • Never give up because great things take time.
  • Be stronger than your excuses.
  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations.
  • I am so proud of you. I just wanted to tell you in case no one has.
  • Tough times won’t last
  • Just be you.
  • You are not something broken to be fixed.
  • Adversity is like a strong wind. It tears away from us all but the things that cannot be torn so that we see ourselves as we really are.
  • We may encounter many defeats, but we must not be defeated.
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These simple words and phrases can go a long way for someone who may not realize how good they are doing or if they have low self-esteem. Everyone likes to be given praise, why not pass it on to someone in need?

Tips to Show Appreciation 

Looking for ideas on how to show your appreciation other than through words of encouragement?

Here are some quick tips on how to show your appreciation:

Say it – Say it to their face. Let them know verbally how appreciated they are, or to encourage them never to give up.

Write it down – Who doesn’t like a positive note? Have a friend, colleague, or family member who could use some positive encouragement? You can write them a mantra or some of the phrases above on a post-it and place it somewhere they can see it. Doing this is not only a great way to encourage and provide positive reinforcement, but they can also keep the little note for down the road.

Share positivity – Did a colleague do something well? Did your spouse achieve a milestone at work? Sharing their praise with others is one way of encouraging and showing them how much you have faith in them. Doing this is going to create a culture of encouragement and positivity.

Encouragement is something that is not limited to any one specifically – if anything, it is something that can and should be spread. Everyone likes to be appreciated, and everyone wants to feel as though their efforts are being recognized. Whether it’s in the office, at home, or in public, you can encourage anyone anytime and anywhere.

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Want to do more than write a quick note or to give them words of praise? You can surprise them with flowers. It does not have to be a large floral arrangement because it is the thought that counts. They are going to appreciate the fact that you have taken the time to encourage, praise, and motivate them. Remember, the next time someone does something good, or if someone needs a pick-me-up, take the time to encourage them.

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