using positive, encouraging words

When I think of being positive and encouraging, it’s a given to me that we should be using positive and encouraging words- duh, right? Not so much, at least for me. This dawned on me during a walk with a friend, also a new mommy. We were talking about losing baby weight and I asked her how her progress was going. Her response, “I’m still holding onto about x amount of weight.” I loved it! What a positive way of describing her weight status. I, on the hand, would have said or expected to hear, “I still have about x amount of pounds to lose- it’s been hard. I wish I could lose it sooner…” Her response was phrased positively with the words, “holding on” versus “need to.” See the difference? Also, recently on a Facebook short video I came across, a homeless man had written on a piece of cardboard, “Help. I cannot see.” A gal walked by and rewrote on the other side of the cardboard, “It’s a beautiful day and I wish I could see it.” Again, notice the difference of the word choices? This reminded me that we can be mindful of our word choices in that when looking to be positive and encouraging, we can use words that serve our intention to serve others. Remember, words can either lift someone up, or break them down. Think about what your words do. The following are some words that come to mind. I invite you to comment and add to the list! Also, here’s a list of positive words someone else created.

Encourage, invite, opportunity, lift, look forward, thankful, blessed, grow, open, love, happy, positive, admire, generous, fortunate, honored, joy, support…

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About Reaksmey

hi :) i'm reaksmey (reeks-may) and I love to think, reflect, and grow. do you? my life includes a handsome husband and a lively infant. here's where i write about how i grow through life's ups and downs so that i can humbly encourage you daily.
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