Jo’s Journal: How to Be an Encourager in Today’s Crazy World

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How to Be an Encourager in Today’s Crazy World

by Joanne Troppello

We’re living in crazy times. Our President tweets on Twitter to have his voice heard. Tweets are discussed on the news. This is an election year and the political debates and clips on the news from candidates going after each other—and Joe Biden’s many gaffes—have kept the news cycles interesting.

On top of all that, our world is dealing with the Corona Virus. According to Web MD, “A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in your nose, sinuses, or upper throat. Most coronaviruses aren’t dangerous.”

However, the covid-19 corona virus has been deadly for people older than sixty with compromised immune systems. I am thankful that the Trump Administration has taken swift action to handle this outbreak and has given daily press updates on the status and how everyone can take certain measures to protect themselves.

With all these things occupying our minds—and our daily stresses in normal life—we could benefit from becoming better encouragers to other people.

Become More of an Encourager with These Tips

With everything going on in our world today, life can become depressing. I’ve always been the type of person that sees the silver lining in things. I’m a glass half-full person. My husband is more of a realist.

We all could use a bit more encouragement these days; especially with all the negativity we see in the news and in our online experiences—as I touched on in my article Tips on Handling Stress from Social Media.

Consider implementing the following tips into your daily routine to become more of an encourager today.

1. Be Intentional

Make a point to be encouraging each day. Even if you don’t feel particularly happy that day, smile at someone you pass on the street. Hold the door open, say please and thank you—sounds simple, but those basic steps can do a lot to change the recipient’s mood. Be intentional in your encouragement.

2. Be Introspective

Spend time each day resetting your mindset and refocusing on what’s important in your life. When you can be more introspective and centered, that will help you respond better and not react harshly to people. You’ll be a better encourager when you take care of yourself and value the importance of your total health and well-being.

3. Start at Home

You won’t be an encourager to those in the workplace, your church, and community if you are not encouraging those in your own home. Try to encourage your spouse, children, and others in your family circle each day. The better you get at encouraging those around you in your home, the more you will find that encouraging others in the world will become easier.

4. Set Realistic Goals

If you think you’re going to be an encourager all day long to everyone, that’s an unrealistic goal. No one is that encouraging throughout the entire day. Focus on setting realistic goals to help you become the best encourager that you can be. Start small and expand your goals. Make a point to encourage three people each day. Setting that goal can help you remember to do it throughout your busy schedules.

5. Get Connected

Find other people who are great encouragers. This will help you grow as an encourager and be encouraged when you fail and when others don’t receive your encouragement the way you hoped they would. These people can become your support group, which is something we all need in this crazy world that is often filled with tumultuous global events and stressors on our lives.

Use Technology to Your Advantage

For those who like utilizing technology, consider using some of the following motivation apps as detailed in this Healthline article.

  • FitQuote

  • ThinkUp

  • Fabulous

  • Motivate

Additionally, there are many daily encouragement apps that can jumpstart you each day and help you encourage others. Consider some of these as showcased in App Crawlr.

  • iDisciple – references daily encouragement “at your fingertips”

  • Bible Promises – find inspirational Bible verses for your daily life

  • Daily Quote – lifestyle app sharing quotes for daily encouragement

  • Family Broadcast – Focus on the Family app for encouragement each day

Are you an encourager? Have you used any of these tips or apps to become more of an encourager?


About the Author

Joanne Troppello Publisher at Mustard Seed Sentinel

Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.

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