September 12th National Encouragement Day

In a world where so much is based on competition, bias, and opinion we really need to slow down a little and relearn the art of encouragement. Sometimes just the littlest bit of help – a kind word, a nudge, or just believing in someone goes a very long way. A hug, a pat on the back, or even a smile can spell the difference between failure and success.

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The Encouragement Foundation at Harding University in Searcy, Arkansas realized this back 2007 when it announced Encouragement Day. Mayor Belinda LaForce led the way for Searcy pronouncing September 12th as a Day of Encouragement which was quickly followed by Govenor Mike BeeBe naming September 12th as a State of Arkansas holiday. President George W. Bush added his approval announcing September 12th of every year as a National Day of Encouragement.

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As parents, we always try to encourage our children to do the very best they can. It doesn’t have to be perfect, even a near miss has its merit, but to let someone know we are in their corner routing for them can make all the difference.

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It might be a sporting event, or a spelling bee, or maybe just learning how to ride a bike. Or maybe it’s trying to get a new job, or learning how to drive, or riding a roller coaster for the first time.  When you think about it, it doesn’t really matter what it is… a word of encouragement helps everyone and hurts no one!

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It also lets someone know you care and that they can rely on you when they are truly in need. It costs you nothing and the rewards are generally very, very high… often meaning as much for the one who gives it as to the one who receives it.

How to celebrate – Encourage someone in your family with a word of encouragement. Give a total stranger a word of encouragement. Give a hug to someone who needs it. Pay it forward for a time you may need someone to do the same for you.

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