Everyone has good qualities. Find specific things about others that you can sincerely compliment them on, and be generous with your praise. If you can’t find anything right off, look deeper. Ask God to show you the positive qualities that must be there, because He sees things worth loving and praising in everyone. The harder it is to find that special “gold,” the greater the reward is likely to be for both of you when you do. If you can find even a threadlike vein and shine a little love on it in the form of praise, it will lead you straight to the mother lode. They’ll open up to you, and you’ll discover lots of wonderful things about them.—S.S.
The applause of a single human being is of great consequence.—Samuel Johnson
In the days before computer typesetting, lines of type were usually set by hand, one character at a time. It was a slow, laborious job. One day an editor noticed a particularly well-done piece of type composition and sent a word of commendation to the man who had done it. The typesetter nearly burst into tears. He had been working at his trade for ten years and had put much care into his work, but this was the first time anyone had gone to the trouble of thanking him for his good work.—Retold by K.P.
Motivators, therapists, and child psychologists have discovered what God has known all along, and what is, in fact, part of His basic design for humankind: Praise makes us stretch ourselves. In the warm glow of knowing we have pleased another, we try harder to please. Hearing that we have done well, we want to do better.—S.S.
Praise is to people what water is to flowers. Pour it on and watch them grow.—S.S.
To love others just as they are is the ultimate compliment.—S.S.
Everyone is hungry for praise and starving for honest appreciation. We all need the encouragement of others, and yet most of us fail all too often to express appreciation or comfort to those around us.
“Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy— meditate on these things.”1 We need to learn to apply that to those around us and try to remind ourselves constantly to think about and praise them for their good qualities, the good things.—Maria Fontaine
The greatest happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved—loved for ourselves, or rather, loved in spite of ourselves.—Victor Hugo