November 2018 Director’s Note

November is the month to remind us to be thankful for the many positive things happening in our lives. As I reflect on being the Executive Director, of the TF Senior Center, I am reminded about the Center’s purpose to serve as a gateway to the nation’s aging network—connecting older adults to vital community services to help them stay healthy & independent. As the Exec. Director, I try to be the Center’s daily encourager, however, some days I find I need a little encouragement. I found 10 simple ways you can be an encourager to those around you.

  1. If you notice it, share it. Don’t let shyness hold you back. If you see something you appreciate or admire, mention it. Nothing is too small! “I like that sweater… You are always so friendly… Thank you for all you do.”If you see something, then simply share it.
  2. Become aware of what encourages you and then go do it to others.
  3. Be specific when you offer words of praise. Ken Blanchard’s best selling book, The One Minute Manager, talks this point. Catch someone doing something good & praise them for one minute.
  4. At home with your spouse and children, tell them what you appreciate about them. Say thank you for the little things they do.
  5. Encourage five people every day. Put five pennies in your left pocket. Each time you say something nice to one person put one penny in the right pocket. Make it your goal to move all your penny’s from the left pocket to the right pocket.
  6. Get in a small group! This is a great place to practice being an encourager!
  7. If you are in a small group (and you should be), try to say something nice to everyone in your group. Make it a point to positively reinforce something of everyone in your group.
  8. When you are encouraged by someone, tell them how they encouraged you & say thank you.
  9. Stop finding fault with what is wrong and think about what is right! When you have a negative thought about someone, pause for a moment, and think about something positive about them.
  10. Smile a lot. This sends out positive feelings. Turn that frown upside down!

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