Hello, ladies and gents! How are you? I have been thinking a lot lately about what we need to put more of into the world. What are we lacking in this mess of a society we live in nowadays? First off, this entire world is lacking in compassion. No one seems to care about a person’s feelings anymore. It is so easy to leave a mean comment or say something nasty to people online and even in real life. What can we replace this with that can actually BENEFIT people and make them feel good instead of being total assholes to each other? The answer to that question is easy, ENCOURAGEMENT. Replace being negative and hurtful with words of encouragement and help build people up. I feel as though everyone has been through some form of cyberbulling in today’s society. The cyberbulling you have incurred may have been direct with people openly leaving comments to try to bring you down or it may have been passive. Remember, bullying of any form IS NOT ACCEPTABLE. People truly do NOT realize what words can do to people. When you do not know someone why do you feel the need to criticize them because you do not agree with them? Can you imagine someone being so hateful to a person you love? The time has come to stop letting people get away with bullying others. Start encouraging people to be better. Every person has the potential to be better, to do better, and to live better. Sometimes all it takes for a person to be happy is a little encouragement. The word may seem so small and almost insignificant in a way but it is something we should all practice on a daily basis. Honestly, without encouragement, this blog never would have started at all. I have so much to say and so much positivity I want to put into the world and this blog is the perfect place for me to try and do that. I am so thankful I had the encouragement from someone I admire dearly. Imagine if you encouraged every person in your life to chase their dreams, their goals, and the things they were passionate about. The world would be full of go-getters and genuinely happy people. Every person has something they want to achieve in life and with enough encouragement they can do it. I know sometimes it is hard to chase after things you want and when people push you to do it in the most positive way you feel on top of the world. If someone is attempting to pull you down, instead of retaliating in a negative way just encourage them to be better and then move on. No one who attempts to tear you down is worth your tears or you being upset. If you want to leave a comment online to someone, make it a positive one. People do not realize that it takes a lot of effort to put yourself out there for the entire world to possibly see on the internet. Be proud of people, strive to be like anyone who is fearlessly themselves. You can not stop the whole world from being mean. It is not possible, but you can combat the negativity with words of encouragement. Take 5 minutes out of your day to tell someone “I am proud of you,” “you are doing a great job,” “keep up the good work,” these things are simple. I suggest putting out good energy to receive good energy. I am not saying everyone will be nice to you, that will never happen but remember you were not made to please everyone. I know a lot of people could read this and leave negative comments, which would be fine, but I would rather be promoting positive things than writing a blog post about things that are completely insignificant. All it takes is one kind comment or one encouraging statement to change a person’s day, year, or even life. I am encouraging you right now to encourage someone else AND yourself. You can be your own source of encouragement. Tell yourself I AM doing the best I can and that is enough. Be a bright, shining star in a world filled with some of the blackest, darkest clouds imaginable.