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On being generous with our encouragement and praise May 17, 2014

Posted by Dennis Mellersh in Concept of personal growth, Self-Esteem.
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One of the concepts that we learn in our work on our personal growth is the principle of creating improvement in our empathy and in our spiritual side by being generous to others with our time and talents.

To this we could add being generous with our recognition of others and with our praise of others.

And, our encouragement should not only be given when someone’s project is not going well, or during a tough period in their life; but also for recognizing their successful achievements and efforts.

All of us all appreciate receiving praise and encouragement when we have done something well.

Generosity towards others with sincere recognition and praise is a mark of strong self-esteem and self-confidence.

Withholding it speaks to insecurity, and small-mindedness.

The ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius spoke of encouragement of the good:

“The noble-minded encourage what is beautiful in people and discourage what is ugly in them. Little people do just the opposite.” (1)

(1) Confucius, The Analects, as translated by David Hinton in his book, The Four Chinese Classics