When encouraging someone, you may provide them with positive feedback, and focus on their efforts, abilities, and the small steps of improvements which they have already experienced.
Being encouraging is a very important quality that helps to build others up and strengthens your relationships with others. The recipient of encouragement may experience increased confidence, motivation, and happiness. Encouragement goes hand-in-hand with respect and dignity, and will benefit your sense of support, connection, belonging, and community.
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Wiebe, S. (n.d.). 19 ways to encourage others. Power to Change. Retrieved from http://powertochange.com/experience/life/encourage/