Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.
— Arthur Ashe

VIDEO ON ENCOURAGEMENT FROM BIRTH MOTHER ASHLEY MITCHELL:

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MENTAL HEALTH WORK:

Encouragement isn’t always an easy thing to do when we are feeling in a pit of despair ourselves.  However, research shows that your brain truly changes when you share something encouraging with others.  Being able to take a moment, in our own brokenness, to find something to encourage others, shows that we aren’t stuck in our own muck.  So, how do we do that?  How do we find encouragement within ourselves?  Well, sometimes we just need to put our big girl panties on and do it.  Other times we see amazing things in those around us that we can use to encourage them.  Simply telling someone you’re thinking about them is encouraging.  You don’t have to do anything huge.  A simple text, a post on social media, a phone call, a card in the mail.  These things all remind someone that they were on your mind and you were willing to take the time and put forth the effort to reach out. 

Homework:
Acknowledge someone when they provide encouragement to you in any way this month.  Thank them for their encouragement and tell them what it meant to you.  By doing this, you are likely encouraging them in return.

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  • List 5 things you love about yourself and why.

  • Write about a time someone else encouraged you and how it affected you.

  • Write about a time you were an encouragement to someone and how it made you feel.

BONUS JOURNAL/GROUP ACTIVITY:

Write a thank you letter to someone that has encouraged you in your journey!

 

GROUP ACTIVITY:

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Books:

  • I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld

  • Encouragement: The Unexpected Power of Building Others Up by Larry Crabb and Dan B. Allender

  • 365 Days of Positive Thinking by Jenny Kellett

  • The Power of Positive Thinking by Norman Vincent Peale