“Our words have power. They impact others, but they also impact us.” – Michael Hyatt
Words – they carry immense power to make or break a person. Especially, the spoken ones. With simple encouraging words, you can heal and rebuild the lives of others. Hearing sincere words of encouragement has a tremendous impact on a person – making them happier, stronger, and ready for any challenge the world has in store for them.
Why do positive affirmations have so much impact?
The incredible effect that positive affirmations have on the giver and the receiver comes from the fact that these kind words of encouragement free both from fear, anxiety, worry, and negativity. Hearing these encouraging affirmations repeatedly can impact the thoughts and eventually, alter the life itself.
In the beginning, it may not have any effect at all because the mind will refuse to accept and believe. However, if you are willing to keep repeating them, it will get ingrained in the subconscious mind and will start looking more and more believable.
Affirmations are one of the simplest and most effective ways to improve your life. Our guide to 10 great positive affirmation activities for adults may be of interest to you.
How can you use affirmations to make a positive impact on the life of others?
There are two methods you can try. The first is the direct approach. You say positive, uplifting words to the person. These encouraging affirmations act as support and morale booster and trigger a constructive change in the person. The second method is a little bit tricky and complicated.
You can affirm on behalf of another person when you know that the said person is in dire need of something. But the catch here is that the person should be aware of your efforts and should give consent for the same. A point to remember here is that you can only help a person who wants your help or at least wants to help themselves. Going ahead without permission, you would be interfering with the wishes and choices of the person. You may end up doing more harm than good, though your intentions were never in doubt.
Even when the other person is in denial, doesn’t want to change, and refuse your help, you can still use affirmations to improve the relationship. You can do this by changing your behavior; by changing the way you react to the other person. You can use affirmations to bring about this change in yourself.
It is easier than you think to influence others by changing your response to their words and actions. This change in response is sure to make you feel good about yourself. And, it may trigger a positive change in the other person.
How to use encouraging affirmations on others?
As the old saying goes, actions speak louder than words. Maybe this is not always true. Or, the actions may be louder, but the impact of words is greater and more significant. Simple words of appreciation and encouragement such as “I love you”, “I cherish our friendship”, or “You inspire me” go a long way in letting the other person know how much they are admired, cherished, and valued.
Mark Twain summarizes this sentiment in these simple words – “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”
Again, saying the right words at the right time is not everyone’s cup of tea. Here is a list of compliments and words of comfort, encouragement, and appreciation that you can use on diverse occasions. At times when you are feeling low, you can say some of these to yourself too!
- You are the most amazing person I know.
- Your presence just lights up the room.
- You are perfect as you are.
- I am blessed to have you in my life.
- You know, you are my 3 a.m. friend.
- You look stunning today.
- You have a smile that could melt an iceberg.
- Your strength of mind and character amazes me.
- Your fun and cheerful outlook on life are infectious.
- You have the biggest heart of anyone I know.
- Your smile melts my heart, and your laughter is irresistible.
- You bring out the best in me.
- I am eternally grateful for your friendship.
- You are unstoppable.
- I am a better person because of our friendship.
- I have learned so much from you.
- The world is a better place because of people like you.
- I wish I could be half as good as you.
- I am blown away by your awesome sense of style.
- I am proud of you.
- You have a solution to every problem.
- I wish I could be as tolerant, forgiving, and compassionate as you.
- I admire the way you carry yourself.
- You are the reason I am happy and doing well today.
- You have this great gift to put others at ease and make them feel comfortable.
- I cherish our time together.
- You are a great role model for others.
- You are a true friend and I am grateful for your friendship.
- You have been there for me always. Now, I am right here to help you get through this.
- You are the kind of friend everyone should have.
- You have a heart of gold.
- You are a fighter. I admire how you never give up.
- Thank you for being my best friend.
- I sleep easy knowing that you are in my corner.
- I believe in you.
The realization of being loved, cherished, appreciated, and respected can make a world of difference to a person, especially one with a sensitive and vulnerable character. In addition to letting them know how much regard you have for them, you need to reassure them that you are there for them no matter what. By telling them the right words at the right time, you can help them open their hearts to you.
Encouraging words of affirmation offers you direct access to the hearts of others. Through these simple words, you get to convey your love and admiration succinctly without ambiguity.