Monday, July 13, 2015

Praise is Like Sunshine
Consider this insight from psychologist Jess Lair:
“Praise is like sunshine to warm the human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it.
"And yet, while most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism, we are somehow reluctant to give our fellows the warm sunshine of praise.”
Train your eye to see the good in your children, your neighbors. Identify their gifts, talents, and skills, and praise them lavishly for them.
The story is told of a ten-year-old boy who labored in a Naples, Italy factory.
His dream was to become a singer, but his first teacher discouraged him, declaring: “You can’t sing. You haven’t any voice at all. It sounds like the wind in the shutters.”
However, his mother, a poor and uneducated woman, placed her arms around the boy and praised him. She told the boy she knew he could sing and could see improvement in the quality of his voice.
That mother’s praise and encouragement changed her son’s life. His name was Enrico Caruso and he became the most famous opera singer of his generation.

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