How to Give Words of Encouragement for a Friend

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How To Give A Friend Some Words Of Encouragement

Made You Smile Back is pleased to present this empowering article about how to give words of encouragement to our friends.  

More specifically, how to give a friend some words of encouragement and strength to get through the tough times.  

But just as powerful, words of encouragement and strength can also be given to help motivate our friends to push through the ‘grind’ of helping them successfully reach their dreams and goals as well.

So… if you are looking for words of encouragement for a friend, you have come to the right place. Here is the collection of the best uplifting words for a friend to get your friend or friends inspired.

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Words of Encouragement to a Friend Feeling Down or Overwhelmed

In a previously published blog, Beyond Sadness Helping Your Friends Smile Again, I wrote: 

How many of us know a dear friend, perhaps even a couple or more who are currently struggling with sadness or depression?  

One of the most dynamic and thoughtful things one can do is make the effort to make someone smile and brighten their day.  It’s nice to be nice.

“It takes someone who really cares, who is authentic and be willing to put in the effort to make a genuine difference when trying to make someone happy.”

Sooner or later, you’ll need these words of encouragement to a friend feeling down. At the point when that opportunity does arrive, it is important to first let them know that it’s okay to feel the way they do.  Convey that you are there for them as a trusted friend and you just want to help them get through this challenging time.

Check out the following collection of uplifting words of encouragement to getting your friend inspired.

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Words of Encouragement & Strength

(Original Quotes from Beth Elkassih, Author)

“Take Control of Your Life by Both Your Attitude & Effort!”

“See What ‘Not Giving Up’ becomes… Continue  Believing in Yourself!”

“Think Bigger… Think Smarter… Think Higher!”

“Your Feelings are ‘Yours’Your Feelings are ‘Valid’!”

“One Day… You WILL Achieve Your Dream IF… You Believe!”

“Remember… Change is Growth!”

“Successful People Are Not Afraid to Ask!”

“A Journey Consists of Many Directions.”

“Life is Too Short! Regret Nothing!”

“Never Doubt Yourself! Once You Doubt, You Fail!”

“Make Your Life the Way YOU Want it to Be!”

“It’s Okay to Go Back to Square One and Try Again!”

“I Know You Can… But Will You!”

“Sometimes You Just Have to Accept… ‘It Is What It Is!’

“Never Settle for Being Mediocre! Always Strive for the Highest Level!”

“Never… Ever… Settle When You Know You Can Have Better!”

“Sometimes the Best Advice Will Come From a Stranger… Be Open to Receive.”

“Don’t Overthink Something… Instead, Reflect.”

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The Powerful Blessings & Purpose of Using Words of Encouragement

Did you know that there are truly powerful blessings to be received when using words of encouragement purposeful to your friend?

You can send messages of encouragement and strength to a friend or family member who is going through a difficult time. They can be notes or text messages of simple praise; uplifting quotes; funny stories; articles from the blog that you think would be helpful to read; or anything else that you believe would be a source of inspiration and benefit to the recipient.

Let’s continue and provide more quotes for friends who are going thru a difficult time in their life.

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Words of Support for Friends Going Thru Difficult Times

Difficult Times Quotes

“A problem is a chance for you to do your best.”

Duke Ellington

“Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.” by Thich Nhat Hanh

“Never let your head hang down. Never give up and sit down and grieve. Find another way. And don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.” by Leroy Satchel Paige

“It is only in our darkest hours that we may discover the true strength of the brilliant light within ourselves that can never, ever, be dimmed.” by Doe Zantamata

“Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.” by Jim Rohn

“I will love the light for it shows me the way, yet I will endure the darkness for it shows me the stars.” by Og Mandino

“Next to trying and winning, the best thing is trying and failing.” by L.M. Montgomery

“Just as despair can come to one only from other human beings, hope, too, can be given to one only by other human beings.” by Elie Weasel

“Have great hopes and dare to go all out for them. Have great dreams and dare to live them. Have tremendous expectations and believe in them.” by Norman Vincent Peale

“We should always pray for help, but we should always listen for inspiration and impression to proceed in ways different from those we may have thought of.” by John H Groberg

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Words to Help Overcome Adversity

Quotes Overcoming Adversity

“Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carries with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.” by Napoleon Hill

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.” by Nelson Mandela

“Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.” by William Hazlitt

“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.” by Chinese Proverb

“He knows not his own strength who hath not met adversity.” by William Samuel Johnson

“The friend in my adversity I shall always cherish most. I can better trust those who helped to relieve the gloom of my dark hours than those who are so ready to enjoy with me the sunshine of my prosperity.” by Ulysses S Grant

“Prosperity is not without many fears and disasters; adversity is not without comforts and hopes.” by Francis Bacon

“Never give in. Never, never, never.” by William Churchill

“In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive.” by Leo Iacocca

“Tough times never last, but tough people do.” by Robert Schuller

“The bravest sight in the world is to see a great man struggling against adversity.” by Seneca

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Encouraging Words for a Friend

Perhaps for Ourselves As Well!

Besides having a friend, co-worker or family member who needs some encouragement, perhaps even yourself could use a little boost. You may be one of those people who needs some encouraging too…

Regardless of why you are reading this blog, I hope the words of encouragement for a friend listed below will be a useful tool in your emotional survival kit as well.

Check out this collection of the best uplifting and empowering words for a friend or yourself to get inspired and re-motivated.

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Inspiring & Empowering Words of Hope & Encouragement

Quotes to Lift Up Our Friends

“You have more courage than most people I know.” by Wayne Dyer

“Courage is not simply ‘being big enough to try’… It is being smart enough (in spite of all evidence to the contrary) to keep trying.” by Steven R. Covey

“Try to look at the bright side of everything. Always see the good in others and take heart that there is much to celebrate in this life. Always remember that every day is Easter and we are always welcomed home by God.” by Mother Teresa

“Hope is the one thing that can get us through the darkest of times.” by Unknown

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning.” by Albert Einstein

“Fear never builds a future. But hope does.” by President Joe Biden

“Hope hope to the last!” by Charles Dickens

“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us. And the world will live as one.” by John Lennon

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One More Thing…

“When one gives of their time and is generous towards their family and friends, a great blessing is also bestowed on them.  When you’re trying to make someone happy and get their smile back, you will find yourself being graced with happiness as well.”

Beth Elkassih, Author

So here’s a big thank you to anyone who is out there in the world making people smile. It is a truly admirable thing to do.  There is nothing better than to see someone who was ‘down in the dumps’ find themselves back to smiling again and having joy back into their life.

Thank you for coming to this blog to find ‘words of encouragement and strength for a friend. I hope you found them to be uplifting and empowering. Please share this blog with a friend who you know may need some cheering up!

In the comments below, I welcome your feedback and would love to hear what YOUR favorite quotes may be as well!

1. What words of encouragement would you give to someone who is feeling down?

When someone is feeling down, someone you love like family or a friend or even a stranger who you think might cheer up if you offer some help; you can always start with whatever the least you have to offer such as some loving and kind words. 

Some words of encouragement such as reminding them: 
– You matter
– You are important 
– You can do this 
– Everything will be alright 

2. How can I effectively inspire and motivate a friend to do something?

To motivate your friend to do something that looks impossible to them, show them the bright side of the story. Encouraging with motivating words and influencing by being on the right track. 

Everything starts at home, sometimes when your friends see you supporting them no matter how difficult times might be and you stay by their side in the thick and thin is what they want. To motivate and give strength to your friend in order to effectively inspire them to make sure they take care of themselves when things get difficult. 

3. What is the difference between reassurance and inspiration? 

Reminding them over and over again that you are by someone’s side whilst removing their doubts and fear while affecting someone by your feelings and behavior is the obvious difference between reassurance and inspiration.

Having someone’s confidence restored while encouraging them at the same time is what is said to be reassurance. Whereas when a person the point of deliberately wanting to act as you are affected by an outer source you call inspiration.

4. How to encourage someone / a friend who is depressed to help them?

When someone is depressed they’ll be going through some real battles that we don’t understand unless you have in the person’s shoes. You can see them losing interest in anything they like, wanting to be alone, having bad hygiene and unhealthy routine, seeming sad, or being anti-social. These are some obvious things you can notice in a depressed person but someone who starts acting opposite to their personality could also be depressed; i.e. an introverted friend is all of a sudden being outspoken, someone who hates being social is now attending parties and meeting strangers. Some sudden changes can also be the symptoms of depression. 

In that case, if your friend is having as such similar symptoms and going through a tough time, the best you can do is be with them. Spend as much time with them as you can so that they can be diverted from what is bothering them and leading to be depressed. 

5. What can be some common practices to help a friend who is struggling?

Remember nothing is impossible, so don’t give up. It might be difficult in the starting but however, it will lead to a better conclusion. 
Some common practices to help a depressed friend or someone who is struggling with any mental health condition or difficult times are: 

– Practice assertive communication
– Show sympathy
– Be patient with them
– Encourage them
– Pamper them 

How to Give Words of Encouragement for a Friend

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beth elkassih

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One comment on “How to Give Words of Encouragement for a Friend”

  1. Beautifully done!!! So many good sayings that I’ve never heard. Thank You! Keep up the good ‘blogs’ and encouragement.

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