Do you know someone who always seems happy and brings sunlight into every room she or he enters? Is there a colleague at work who brings joy and laughter to the office everyday or is just consistently great at his or her job?

You should tell them. Say it now before you say it at a funeral.

Happily, I haven’t attended a lot of funerals but when I do I listen intently to the many heartfelt  words of praise spoken through tears and wonder if anyone had said these things to the deceased when she was alive.

Throughout my life words of praise have sustained me through rough times and inspired me through good times. It started when I was a child, as it should; timely, deserving praise nurtured me as I grew and learned about relationships, my career and life itself.

I learned a lot from sincerely constructive criticism too but I couldn’t have without a sense of self respect. That came from honest attaboys.

Nothing else can quite substitute for a few well-chosen, well-timed, sincere words of praise. They’re absolutely free and worth a fortune. – Sam Walton

I think we spend too much time praising people behind their backs rather than to their faces. That’s sad.

So, today I am going to begin a personal effort to praise someone daily, someone who really deserves it but probably doesn’t hear it very often.

Like Sam said, it’s free and worth a fortune.

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Let’s spread the good word together on social media. I’ve created a new Facebook page that has no membership requirements except to praise someone worthy. Find it here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/312252449723087/