Encouragement Sweetens Labour

If you have courage, encourage someone!


Andrea Campbell

3/13/20244 min read

brown dried leaves on sand
brown dried leaves on sand

On January 16, 2024, I lost a dear friend to cancer. Her passing not only left a void in our lives but also served as a poignant reminder of life's fragility. In moments like these, we are compelled to reflect on our own humanity and the significance of the attitudes we carry through life's trials and triumphs. My friend's unwavering sense of gratitude, optimism, and grace in the face of adversity left an indelible mark on me, prompting a deeper exploration of the timeless adage, " Encouragement Sweetens Labour."

The Power of a Great Attitude:

Zig Ziglar famously asserted, "Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude." Indeed, our attitudes wield immense power in shaping our experiences and outcomes. In our pursuit of success and achievement, it's easy to become ensnared by the trappings of materialism, sacrificing basic courtesies along the way.

The Jamaican saying, "Manners tek yuh thru de worl" (manners take you through the world), underscores the profound impact of attitude on our interactions and opportunities. Growing up, I initially dismissed this wisdom as old-fashioned, but time and experience have taught me otherwise. A positive attitude not only garners assistance and respect but also opens doors that would otherwise remain closed.

Recalling an incident from two decades past, I recount a friend's ability to accompany me to the steps of the plane at Miami airport. Amazingly, he was able to go through the various checkpoints without a ticket, solely on the strength of his demeanor. While such exploits are no longer feasible in today's security-conscious world, the essence remains unchanged: a great attitude can surmount seemingly insurmountable obstacles.

Nurturing a Positive Attitude in Daily Life:

Incorporating a positive attitude into our daily lives involves a deliberate and conscious effort to cultivate gratitude, resilience, and kindness. One practical strategy is to start each day with reflection or meditation, focusing on what we are grateful for and setting positive intentions for the day ahead. Research has shown that practicing gratitude can improve mood, enhance well-being, and increase resilience in adversity.

Furthermore, surrounding ourselves with supportive and positive influences can significantly impact our attitude and outlook. This may involve seeking uplifting content, spending time with optimistic friends and family members, or engaging in activities that bring us joy and fulfillment. We can create a nurturing space that fosters positivity and resilience by consciously curating our environment.

Another effective way to nurture a positive attitude is through self-care and self-compassion. Taking time to prioritize our physical, emotional, and mental well-being is essential for maintaining a positive outlook and resilience in the face of life's challenges. This may include engaging in activities that promote relaxation and stress relief, such as exercise, meditation, or hobbies we enjoy. Additionally, practicing self-compassion involves treating ourselves with kindness and understanding, especially during difficult times.

Building Resilience Through Adversity:

Adversity is an inevitable part of life but also an opportunity for growth, learning, and resilience. Developing resilience involves adapting to adversity, bouncing back from setbacks, and finding meaning and purpose in difficult experiences. One key component of resilience is maintaining a positive attitude, even in the face of adversity.

Research has shown that individuals with a positive attitude are better able to cope with stress, recover from setbacks, and maintain a sense of hope and optimism in challenging circumstances. By reframing negative experiences as opportunities for growth and learning, we can cultivate resilience and emerge stronger and more resilient than before.

Moreover, resilience is not just about bouncing back from adversity; it also involves reaching out for support and seeking help when needed. Building strong social connections and support networks can provide strength and resilience during difficult times. Whether reaching out to friends and family for emotional support, seeking guidance from a mentor or therapist, or connecting with support groups or communities, knowing that we are not alone can make a significant difference in our ability to navigate adversity.

The Value of a Positive Attitude:

In a world fraught with uncertainty and adversity, cultivating a positive attitude is not merely a luxury but a necessity. Thumper's law reminds us to exercise discretion in our speech, choosing kindness over criticism. Ultimately, our attitudes shape not only our individual experiences but also the collective fabric of society. Dr. Robert Schuller observed, "You are what you think about all day." Our attitude impacts heavily on the quality of our lives. According to Marcus Aurelius, "Our life is what our thoughts make it."

The Business Perspective

In the realm of business, the importance of a positive attitude cannot be overstated. Too often, we prioritize profits over people, neglecting the profound impact of gratitude and respect on employee morale and productivity. As Earl Nightingale aptly noted, "Our attitude towards others determines their attitude towards us."

As an employer, I've come to recognize that skills and qualifications pale compared to the intangible asset of a great attitude. Enthusiasm, passion and a willingness to learn are far more valuable than technical expertise. Furthermore, our attitude extends beyond mere words; it permeates our body language, conveying sincerity or insincerity with every gesture. Nurturing a positive attitude begins with self-love and acceptance, even amidst life's most trying circumstances. Maya Angelou's wisdom reminds us that while we may not always control our circumstances, we retain agency over our responses. In the words of Tom Hopkins, "Being happy is a habit. The choice is yours."


In conclusion, nurturing a positive attitude is not a destination but a journey requiring ongoing effort, self-awareness, and commitment. By incorporating gratitude, resilience, and self-care into our daily lives, we can cultivate a positive attitude that sustains us through life's challenges and empowers us to thrive. As we continue along this path, let us remember the words of Maya Angelou: "If you don't like something, change it. If you can't change it, change your attitude." With this mindset, we can experience life's ups and downs with grace, resilience, and optimism, sweetening the labor of our own lives and spreading positivity to those around us. Give more and get more. Let us choose optimism, kindness, and resilience, for in doing so, we not only sweeten the labor of our own lives but also contribute to a brighter, more compassionate world.

brown wooden i love you print board
brown wooden i love you print board
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person wearing gold wedding band