Hello, and happy Monday!
If you’re in the UK, we hope your three day weekend has been filled with lots of sleep, good food and loving your families. Just a quick one from me. After a tricky Sunday, I’m so happy to welcome both a new week and a new month. I took myself out with my laptop and journal, sipped on a soy cappuccino in Starbucks and actually got some (some) college work done! I also treated myself to a coffee shop salad (usually I can’t justify the price) plus a new mascara. Two wins from me, right? Anyway, on with the post.
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How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you.
I’ve been turning this over and over in my head for a long time. How do I make others feel about themselves? After all, I am responsible for the energy I carry around with me. I am not perfect. I can be selfish, angry, passive-aggressive. And I’m always aware that it can take hundreds of kind words to overwrite one hateful comment made in anger. It’s how we are as humans.
Recently I’ve been making more of a conscious effort to make people feel good about themselves. This doesn’t mean plucking empty compliments out of the air for the sake of it; it’s far more simple than that. It means acknowledging when you have a positive thought about somebody else, and then speaking it (you could even text it, or heck, write a letter!).
I’m getting really brave now; I’ve even complimented a few strangers on the bus. The worst outcome is that someone might be taken aback, or try to brush off your kind words.
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How do you make others feel about themselves?
Before I go, I wanted to share one of my favourite videos: Dove Real Beauty Sketches. A forensic artist draws people he can’t see, based on their own descriptions of themselves, followed by the descriptions of a stranger. It’s a few minutes well spent.
Make somebody feel good about themselves today. Go on, what have you got to lose?