It is healthier to see the good points of others than to analyze our own bad ones. —Francoise Sagan—
Looking for the good in others is good for one’s soul. Self-respect, self-love grows each time we openly acknowledge another’s admirable qualities. Comparisons we make of ourselves with others, focusing on how we fail to measure up (another woman is prettier, thinner, more intelligent, has a better sense of humor, attracts people, and on and on) is a common experience.
And we come away from the comparison feeling generally inadequate and unloving toward the other woman. It is a spiritual truth that our love for and praise of others will improve our own self-image. It will rub off on us, so-to-speak. An improved self-image diminishes whatever bad qualities one has imagined. Praise softens. Criticism hardens. We can become all that we want to become. We can draw the love of others to us as we more willingly offer love and praise. We have an opportunity to help one another as we help ourselves grow in the self-love that is so necessary to the successful living of each day.
I will see the good points in others today. And I will give praise.