increase-the-good-stuff-in-lifeSelf praise is no recommendation.  That’s what I heard many years ago.

Now I’m beginning to wonder if they got it wrong.

I spent the day yesterday travelling and my travelling days usually involve contemplating something.  Keeps the boredom away…it was a loooong day.  And as you can tell I was contemplating praise.  Don’t ask me why…it seemed like a good idea at the time.

Not so crazy after all

I remembered hearing that years ago, the British press mocked and made fun of Prince Charles because he talked to his plants.

He praised them and encouraged them and he was called crazy.  Mind you this was back in the days when concepts of energy and life laws were known to only those who paid attention to men of genius, like Einstein, or men of enlightenment like the Dalai Lama.

Not too many mere mortals were living from that elevated state of consciousness.

Heck, not too many had a clue that there was anything in the world, other than what their senses could determine.

Today, we know differently.   We’re all energy.

We live in an energy based universe and affect one another and everything around us energetically, all the time.  Prince Charles wasn’t so crazy after all.

We’re working with the energy of our consciousness in our every day lives.  All the time.

Raising energyharvest what we sow

If you stop for a minute and pay attention to how you feel and where you’re energy is, you’ll get what I’m talking about.   Some of our habits of thinking raise our energy, and we feel great.

Other habits, allow all that good stuff to flow away.

Case in point.  At the end of the day yesterday, I was pretty wiped out.

I’d been travelling for nine hours and I was standing outside the airport waiting for my ride, thinking to myself…wow I’m tired.  Yep.  You’re right, that thought wasn’t filling me with unlimited energy.

So I decided to make myself useful while I waited ~ I sent waves of praise and appreciation to everyone around me, police officers, passengers, sky caps, people in cars in buses, even the airport in general.

And wouldn’t you know it, within a few minutes I felt less tired.  My eyes were still tired eyes, but physically, I could feel energy surging through me.

I’ve no idea if it did anything for those on whom I was heaping praise…but it did wonders for me.  Increased my good vibrations.

Your body thanks you

Why?  Because if we open ourselves to giving and receiving praise we are lifting our consciousness to higher levels of living and tuning in to the abundance of the universe.

Tuning into high vibrational frequencies has an impact on this wonderful biofeedback machine called our body.

When we occupy a state of praise or gratitude, our bodies thrive in it.  And it’s magnified when we continue to look for the good in life, look for things that are praiseworthy and speak it out loud.

Try it, it really feels good.

We would worry less if we praised more. Thanksgiving is the enemy of discontent and dissatisfaction. ~ Harry A. Ironside

Praise alters the way we look at life.  It changes our perception which means it changes our life experiences.  Whereas we might have paid more attention to what was wrong with someone, or looked at their shortcomings, now we look for the good and the beautiful…we look for what’s right.

As we’re able to radiate praise and encouragement and happiness to all who enter our sphere of influence, it affects our very soul in such a way that we’re impressing our subconscious with these uplifting thoughts and gradually we enter a new phase of thinking and the old, more negative thoughts slowly fade away.
Our live has taken on the matching harmony of everything that is good and worthy of praise.
Are you ready to live like this?  I know I am.

One last story:kindness is what people remember

There was a waiter who wanted to increase his tips.  He did, in fact he doubled and sometimes tripled them in a month.

How?  He began to silently send praise to everyone at his table.  Each time he visited one of his assigned tables, he sent praise to whomever he served.

Creation responds to praise and as we praise others we receive the energy we’re giving away.  Just like me at the airport.

So we all benefit.  We can all increase the good stuff, whatever it is.

We can do this with our business, with our friends, with our family, with ourselves.

A failing business can be praised into success.  I haven’t personally seen it operating within a relationship yet, but I’ve no doubt that praise will influence any relationship, any experience because it’s an energy for good.  It’s a magnet for all manner of good things in your world.

Praise has an impact on every cell in our body.  As we look to praise all things, we receive energy.  Our cells respond with  strength and well being for us.  It moves us into a higher vibration.  We’re working with the unseen part of universal consciousness, and an unseen part of ourselves.

We can be healed through praise, we can move from fear to courage, from unhappiness to joy. Doesn’t that sound great?

Praise is like sunlight to the human spirit: we cannot flower and grow without it. ~ Jess Lair

If we would be filled with praise and gratitude for the smallest things, we’d find ourselves filled to overflowing with the largest.

Encourage one another.

Love Elle



Elle Sommer is the author of 4 books and a workbook. Her latest publications are a series called The Power of Consciousness, and you will find all three books in this trilogy now available on Kindle. She shares quotes, inspiration and positive vibes on Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. And her greatest desire is to encourage and inspire others to create not just a good life, but a phenomenal life.


  1. I do not know if this story is true, but it came right to mind as I read your words.

    A woman driving on the highway came to a spot in her travels where the way was stopped and the cars were lined up for miles. The man in front of her car got out to smoke a cigarette and she heard him tell another driver that there was a huge accident up ahead – 15 or 20 cars and injuries.
    The woman driver began sending out good thoughts for all the people involved and telling each one – “they lived a good life.” When she opened her eyes to see if the traffic was moving, she was startled to see another woman staring at her through the windshield who appeared to be floating. She started repeating BE WELL and the figure disappeared.

    Later she read in the paper that a woman had survived the accident and was being interviewed. She said as she was dying she kept hearing that she had lived a good life and when she heard be well she returned to her body and they were able to free her from her car….and she was well now and returning to her good life. It called her back, that someone knew she was living a good life, when before she thought no one cared.

    I am not sure what this means, but the story came to me
    Thank you for sharing.

    I used to try and guess who people were and what their story was when waiting or traveling – I think I will try your technique next time

    • Elle

      What a fascinating story Patricia. I like to quote a little Shakespeare, being a fellow Brit and all, usually a little misquote to fit my facts…but I’m sure he would call it poetic license! The quote that springs to mind is the one about ‘there’s more things under heaven and earth than these poor eyes have dreamed of’ and I think it’s so true. There’s so much these little eyes have to learn and I’m pretty open to it all. Much like you seem to be my friend. Thanks for joining in Patricia. 🙂

  2. good morning elle
    what a wonderful idea
    i will use it today at work and at home
    thank YOU

    • Elle

      Welcome LSM and you’re welcome. Let us know how it turns out for you. I confess to needing to using it on the California highway today…probably because I needed it more than the souls who were on the receiving end! 🙂

  3. You are absolutely right about the praise, Elle.

    Good, positive things are generally better.

    Like how it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown – easier to smile and harder to frown

    Hugs…travel safe!

    • Elle

      Nice to see you Vidya…I love the idea that it takes fewer muscles to smile than frown. 🙂

  4. Hi Elle,

    Great reminder with this post. I love this line – “Because if we open ourselves to giving and receiving praise we are lifting our consciousness to higher levels of living…” Praise for others is good for everyone and I love how it helped bring your energy back. Take care.

    • Elle

      Hi Cathy and thanks for stopping by. I will admit it was something of a surprise at how energized I became…but it was a pretty cool lesson that I can take with me and use often. 🙂

  5. I love your post Elle and yes praise and appreciation we nerd to give as well as receive. Your opening comment rang bells for me Self praise is something one would never contemplate. My mother would be horrified.Now I know better and the more a love ourselves the easier it is to both give and receive praise.

  6. Elle,
    This is so important to do. I’ve trained myself to praise and bless other people consistently. Especially the people who frustrate me!

    • Elle

      That is very cool Tess, and I think you have an excellent point…it’s all about training ourselves. It seems to be the only way to change our mental landscape and so change everything else. Maybe praising and blessing means no more frustrating people! Or perhaps less of them. I read a story of someone whose car was making funny noises and he praised it all the way home only to discover that it should never had made it, something serious had gone wrong…I’m willing to believe.

      Thanks for sharing your perspective Tess. You rock kiddo.

  7. Elle, your post started out how self praise is no recommendation. I can relate to this — some people believe that self praise is the same as self worship. They are two different things — self praise, as I see it, is loving yourself and recognizing the divine presence within — true inner greatness. Self worship, on the other hand, stems from the ego’s desire to reassure us that we are “better” or “more worthy” than others. I really enjoyed this post, as it resonated deeply with me today. Thank you! 🙂

    • Elle

      Hello Victor and thanks for your great insight into the difference between self praise and self worship. That is so spot on – it’s a totally different vibration of energy isn’t it? 🙂

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