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Daily News Editorial

By Staff | Oct 23, 2009

Today is National Make a Difference Day, a great day to make a difference in someone else’s life.

Probably one of the best ways to make a difference in someone else’s life is to say something positive. Give praise when praise is due – and even more important, when it isn’t.

If you’re a boss, do you say positive things to your employees? Or do you always dwell on the negative. If presented correctly, even criticism can be be constructive.

How’s that?

Well, perhaps it can be presented as a growth opportunity. After all, is it only our victories that are learning opportunities? Or is it our mistakes. By running into a few trees during our lives, we eventually find out where the road is located.

If you’re a parent, try to make a difference by planting and watering those seeds in your child’s mind. What’s easier – to always be critical – or to find something that your child likes and encourage it as a course of study, hobby or even vocation.

If you’re on the job and you see someone who could benefit from some of that “constructive criticism”, offer it. Maybe go have a cup of coffee and sincerely offer your advice. And if the person has done something positive lately, be sure to praise that too.

The thing about praising the efforts of others is that it really doesn’t cost us anything. Paying positive comments to others makes their day. It makes more productive employees, happier children and more cooperative co-workers.

Another thing about praise is that eventually it finds its way around. If you have a reputation of always saying something positive, people will regard you as a positive person.

And that’s the sort of person that everyone wants to know.