The power of positive feedback

24th January 2021

Say why you like something and make someones day

Whether we are writers, designers or artists, often showing work online leads to likes, and a few comments if we are very lucky.

More often than not we tap like, or even muse on something for a while, thinking to ourself before moving on - such is the design of the firehose of social media and pull-to-refresh that encourages one to keep scrolling.

But if you like something, and it moves you, take a minute to show your appreciation in a comment, or even an email, and say why.

We are all even more isolated these days in lockdown, and just receiving a small email or message of appreciation can really lift someone’s mood and end up in some nice conversations.

Keep that feedback - make a ‘happy file’

It may sound silly, but I’ve created myself a happy file - a simple document where if I ever get a message of appreciation or thanks at work (or creatively in my hobbies), I paste it in there with a date.

Similar to the principle of gratitude journalling, it takes seconds to store, and really works.

When you have those days where you feel low or your self-worth has taken a dive, its far too easy to forget about these moments, and collecting them together and reviewing them can really help lift your mood.

Why not give it a go, and let me know if it helps you!