It takes literally seconds to build someone up. What a shame it is when we choose to either say nothing or tear someone down! Have you ever made a conscious decision to encourage others? How are your iron-sharpening skills?

A compliment can make someone’s day, but it needs to be sincere and not phony in any way. It’s better to say nothing at all than to offer insincere flattery. Most of us can spot a fake a mile away.

We get so busy that we don’t even think about anyone else. It’s sad, but true. Did you know that every time you take your mind off of yourself and think of someone else, you lower your blood pressure? So, if you can’t offer a compliment for the sake of someone else, keep in mind that it will make you healthier to think of others and encourage them. Interesting how nature works, huh?

Humans are meant to help one another. We are creatures who crave relationships, even if it is a brief encounter. Standing in line at the grocery store or the post office there are opportunities to be an encourager and give them a compliment. Too many times we think happy thoughts about others but don’t say it.

Have you ever felt led to encourage someone? That is when you just wait for the leading of the Holy Spirit. You will know when the time is right to speak because that door of opportunity opens and you will know what to say and when to say it.

Speak to everyone you meet with love and compassion. Pretend that you are the only person they will speak to all day. What kind of impression do you want to leave with them? If you have encouraged them, chances are they will pay that encouragement forward. If you leave them feeling like less than they should, that mood is contagious as well.

Choose your words carefully and invoke peace around you. ❤