Praise is feedback that is positive and uplifting. Recall a time when someone praised for something you had done or meant to them. You probably recall it was (1) sincere, (2) applicable to you, (3) well-timed, and (3) clearly presented. If so, how did it make you feel?
Praise is one of the nicest things that happens to us. Unfortunately we do not get a lot of sincere feedback and praise because people are unwilling or unable to offer it to friends, family, and coworkers. We can all become better at providing sincere feedback and praise to people around us.
We can also become more willing to offer praise to God. To realize how the Lord feels about your praise consider how much you appreciate it. Remember these characteristics of praise…
- Sincere Thanks and Appreciation to God
- Personally Applicable to How You Feel Toward Him
- Well-Timed is Anytime and Frequent
- Clearly Presented is any Positive Thoughts or Words
“Encourage Others” is one of the eighteen relationship keys in my book Beyond the Score: Relationship Keys for Golf and Life. It is a gift idea that will encourage the golfer on your list.
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring…”- Leo Buscaglia
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