Monday, October 25, 2010

Power of an Encouraging Word

     A study was done by psychologist Henry H. Goddard on energy levels in children.  He hooked children up to a device called an ergograph to see how they would respond to the words of others.  He found that when tired children were given a word of praise or commendation, the ergograph showed they experienced an immediate surge in energy.  But when the children were criticized or discouraged, the device showed their energy took a sudden nosedive.
     Never underestimate the power of an encouraging word.

From Encouragement Changes Everything by John Maxwell.