This Thursday, September 12, marks National Day of Encouragement. Signed into effect in 2007, National Day of Encouragement is intended for us to uplift those around us and make them feel good. Showing a little encouragement is an easy way to make someone’s day, and we’ve come up with a few ideas on how you can do so.
Tell someone you’re proud of them.
It doesn’t have to be in reference to something they’ve done. Maybe you’re just proud of them for who they are as a person. The four words, “I’m proud of you,” can do wonders for someone’s confidence and self-worth. It’s a phrase we all love to hear, so why not share it with others?
Send a note to someone you’re thinking about.
Do you know someone who’s currently under a bit of pressure? Maybe they have a job interview or a big exam coming up. This is the perfect time to write them a note to say you’re thinking about them. Even a simple, “You’ve got this!” could give them an extra confidence boost to ace whatever they’re facing.
Give someone more responsibility.
Granting a person more authority shows them you trust them. You’re essentially telling them, “I believe in you.” However, that belief should not translate into micromanaging. Delegating responsibility means you have faith in the person to make the right decision. Trying later to “fix” what they’ve done will do the opposite of encourage them.
Praise someone publicly.
Encouraging someone in front of others lets them know you appreciate them. It’s telling those around that you believe in that person’s abilities. Your kind words will hopefully motivate him or her to continue their good work.
Extend a helping hand.
Simply offering to help someone out is a great way to encourage them. Make sure you’re wording your question specifically. Asking, “How can I help?” can leave them stumped. Try asking “Would it help if I…” instead. This question is less open ended and is more likely to end in an acceptance.
Simply be there.
If you know someone going through a rough time, they might not be ready to open up. By saying, “I’m here for you if, or when, you’re ready to talk,” you are being encouraging without being intrusive. They’ll appreciate your approach and hopefully open up to you.
National Day of Encouragement is the perfect excuse to show those around you that you care. A simple, “You’ve got this!” can go a long way in making someone’s day. Put your own personal spin on any of the above ideas, and you’re sure to make the most of your National Day of Encouragement.