The literal meaning of the word “blessing” is “to bow down.” When I bow down in front of someone, I give that person value. I say to him, “You’re important.” And the easiest way to do that is through praise.
When you praise the people that you love, you’re actually blessing them.
Here’s my advice: Praise the members of your family at least once a day!
Husbands, make it a habit to praise your wife.
Let’s say she’s fixing herself in the mirror or closing the last button of her blouse and you happen to pass by. Stop and say, “You’re so beautiful.”
Or your wife prepared your meal and you take your first bite. Stop and say, “This is delicious!” Then hold her hand, look into her eyes and say, “I thank God I married you.”
Wives, make it a habit to praise your husband.
When I come home from work, many times, my wife would wrap her arms around me and tell me, “You’re a great husband. You’re a great father. And I’m the luckiest girl in the world.”
I receive praise from thousands of people–my readers, my audience, my listeners. But for some reason, I still look for my wife to affirm me.
Some people say, “I don’t have to praise my family because they already know that I appreciate them.”
That’s not true. You need to say it.
My friend Ces is almost 30.
Yet to this day, she still feels like a little girl that’s still trying to earn the praise of her parents. She feels that best is simply not good enough.
Ces told me that the only time her parents praised her was when she graduated cum laude in college. But before and after that, not once did they praise her.
Today, shackled by the burden of low self-worth, Ces keeps trying to prove herself to other people. It’s creating havoc in her relationships. It’s sabotaging her success. Despite her external success, there is so much emptiness in her. Without knowing it, she’s desperate for praise, affirmation, and love. And when you’re emotionally desperate for love, you rarely get love.
The people you love need your praise.
Praise someone today!