There are so many ways you can provide encouragement to people – both perfect strangers and loved ones. Here are a few of my favorites:
- Smile. This one is so simple but you never know how powerful that one smile might be and how much it might be needed by that one person.
- Hug. Hugs can be powerful tools and are often very much needed and not given enough.
- Attention. Show the person a little attention – a simple tweet, Facebook comment, text or stop by their office means so much when you do something so simple. Everyone gets busy that sometimes these simple things get overlooked.
- Step Above. If simple things like saying good morning are special, imagine how special someone might feel when you go above and beyond and do something unexpected like send someone a letter (yes, an actual letter in the mail!), give them a call or have lunch with them.
- Show Interest. Take a few minutes out of your day and show some interest in that person. Read their blog, tweets or Facebook status and comment or reply to them. Better yet, if you’re able, partake in one of their interests with them.
- Relate. Sometimes it’s nice to hear how others handled struggles. Tread carefully here, try not to brag but share what happened and how you handled the situation or what didn’t work for you.
Looking back, there are many times in my life I wish I’d had someone by my side to cheer me on, provide encouragement or share in my successes. I didn’t really have this growing up and have struggled to find true friends to provide this type of encouragement. I try very hard to be the best cheerleader I can be for people special to me. Every person should feel special and like the center of someone’s world.
How have you been a cheerleader for someone? What are some good ways to cheer others on?