Praise is like sunlight to the warm human spirit; we cannot flower and grow without it. – Jess Lair
It’s so easy to criticize and to gossip. Why can’t we find it easier to stay positive? What is it about critiquing and gossiping that always get’s the better of us? Can we take the high road instead? Yes we can!
27th Dale Carnegie Principle: Praise the slightest improvement and praise every improvement .
Here’s a story from the book:
"We decided to try praise instead of harping on their faults. It wasn’t easy when all we could see were the negative things they were doing; it was really tough to find things to praise. We managed to find something, and within the first day or two some of the really upsetting things they were doing quit happening. Then some of their other faults began to disappear. They began capitalizing on the praise we were giving them. They even began going out of their way to do things right. Neither of us could believe it. Of course, it didn’t last forever, but the norm reached after things leveled off was so much better. It was no longer necessary to react the way we used to. The children were doing far more right things than wrong ones." All of this was a result of praising the slightest improvement in the children rather than condemning everything they did wrong.
Daily Affirmation: Today I praise the slightest improvement!