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Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others

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I had the MOST fun yesterday!

My favorite yoga studio started its summer pass package (all the yoga you can stand for one discounted price), so of course I had to sign up.

However, I didn’t venture into the studio alone yesterday.

When I saw there was a beginner yoga class scheduled for yesterday evening, I had to talk a friend of mine – who’s never tried yoga, not even using a video or yoga app – into going with me.

I figured because it was a beginner class, she’d be less intimidated.

Boy, was I WRONG.

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Naturally, she had some basic questions anyone who’s never been to a yoga studio would have (Do I need my own mat? Do I wear shoes or socks or do we practice barefoot? What about payment – who takes it?).

Yet, she also had some more specific newbie yogi concerns, too (I don’t have a yoga body. Everyone but me will know what they’re doing. I won’t have any idea what the names of the poses mean!)

She even went so far as to drop the dreaded yoga F-Bomb (What if I’m not FLEXIBLE enough?!).

So, if she was so worried, why did I have so much fun?

Because I got to encourage her.

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By encouraging her, I got to watch her grow more confident in herself. I introduced her to a couple of instructors (one even admitted she still considered herself a beginner, too – after all, yoga is a practice), helped her gather and explained all the equipment she needed, and – afterward – praised her for stepping out of her comfort zone and taking steps toward trying something new.

The takeaway?

Never miss an opportunity to encourage someone. Most – if not all – people are nervous about something—especially things they’ve never tried – and you never know when you’re the person who can help calm their nerves and walk them through it. Sometimes, you won’t even know that person needs encouragement, so make it a practice to encourage others whenever they show even an inkling of self-doubt.

When was the last time YOU encouraged another person? Share your story with us in the comments below. Hey, you never know if your story might just encourage someone, too!

Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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Sparks, A. (2015). Never Miss an Opportunity to Encourage Others. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 23, 2019, from


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