ENCOURAGEMENT Dr. Patanjali J. Yogendra

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ENCOURAGEMENT
Dr. Patanjali J. Yogendra
A psychology professor was invited to the home of a student. While
chatting with the family members after dinner, the student’s little
sister, bubbling with excitement, ran up to the professor and showed him
the school assignment she had just completed. He took a quick look at
the sheet and noticed that not a word was spelt correctly.
However, he turned to the child and said in an encouraging tone, “This
is beautiful. The margins are nice and neat, your handwriting is so
clean and readable. “Thank you uncle” broke out the girl beaming, “I
have been working real hard on it. Next time I am going to work on my
spelling.
Criticizing someone is easy. However a little encouragement goes a long
way. Surprisingly it is equally easy to encourage someone. No, you don’t
have to lie. It just involves a change in perception, a different way of
looking at things, trying to see the other person’s point of view –
trying to see good.

Article from the Yoga & Total Health Magazine of August 2010

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