Psychosocial benefits of encouraging others includes having a positive view of oneself and being open to new experiences[1][15]. People who encourage others are more liked[16]. The ability to encourage others, are linked to a range of positive outcomes including positive mental health, academic achievement, and physical health[12].

Encouraging others creates a positive atmosphere and increases the chance of also receiving encouragement back. Receiving encouragement is linked to higher self-efficacy in school and at work[6][7][8][9]. Encouragement from family members has been found to be positively associated with adherence to a healthy behaviors[4][5]. Encouragement can in some cases improve decision-making[10][11]. Encouragement is a key process for parents to provide support to their children[2] and foster family resilience[3]. Being praised is linked to happiness, joy, pride and pleasure[19]. It has also been shown to promote improved behavior and academic performance[17][18]. Children who are praised have better social skills[13][14].

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