The power of positive feedback

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!

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