Smiles, kind words, and pats on the back are great, but sometimes they seem empty, as if we’re just phoning it in.
But yet, we draw a blank when we try to think of meaningful ways to encourage others.
Here are 3 tips for you:
1. Write a note:
Whether to a co-worker, a friend, or a loved one, sending a card with a few handwritten lines about how they’ve helped you in the past, something you admire about them, or just that you’re glad to know them and have them part of your work team, or family, or circle of friends, whichever is appropriate. The people you write to will treasure these notes and I’ll bet they’ll save them and refer to them when they’re feeling down.
2. Share something of yourself in the form of a gift:
For instance, if you enjoy pretty rocks or shells, give one from your collection. Perhaps you’re an artist. Make a doodle specifically for the person and give it to them. Or if you’re a photographer, print out one of the photos you like and put it in a simple frame from the dollar store and give it to a co-worker, friend, loved one who needs a boost.
3. Give of yourself:
Print out coupons and gift certificates to give to friends, co-workers, loved ones where you’ll do things with them such as read a chapter in a favorite book, take a walk in nature, or even just sitting in silence with someone who’s going through a rough patch.
I hope these suggestions have gotten your creative juices flowing and have given you other ideas of things you can do. If so, please share them in the comments below!
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Your Friend and Pep Pal,