Sam Crabtree’s book, Practicing Affirmation, gives 9 reasons one should affirm others:
Affirmation is a way to bring life and healing to those around you.
1. Affirming others earns us the right standing from which to make suggestions. (p. 71)
2. Affirmation lifts morale. (p. 71)
3. Affirmation energizes people. (p. 72)
4. Affirmation of others makes us easier to live with. (p. 72)
5. Striving to affirm others puts us in the practice of looking at them positively–that is, looking for evidence of God’s work in them. (p. 73)
6. Affirmation constructively uses time that could have been wasted complaining. (p. 73)
7. By commending Christlike qualities, and celebrating them when we spot them, affirmation showcases the character of God, giving him honor for being the kind of God he is. (p. 74)
8. Behaviors that are rewarded and celebrated are more likely to be repeated. (p. 74)
9. When we commend God’s image in people, God is glorified, and that’s why we were made–to glorify God. (p. 75)
Life and death is in the power of the tongue (Prov. 18:21). The tongue can be used either as a weapon or as an instrument of healing: “There is one whose rash words are like sword thrusts, but the tongue of the wise brings healing” (Prov. 12:18). Affirmation is a way to bring life and healing to those around you.
Do it. A lot.
I need to grow in this area. Big time.