How to Cheer Someone Up [Proverbs 12:25 Daily Devotional]
“Anxiety weighs down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.”
What is this verse about?
The proverb writer is naming a common problem and a practical solution. Anxiety isn’t a new source of trouble for humanity; it’s been around for a long time. In the same way, the solution isn’t new either. Be encouraging. We can use our words to cheer others and ourselves up.
How to Cheer Someone Up
If the solution to anxiety is being cheered up, we have to ask ourselves how we can do that. The first way is given by the author of this Proverb: kind words. It’s much easier (in my experience) to say something negative, so I won’t say using kind words is easy. However, they are effective in cheering someone up. Simply give a compliment or call out someone’s effort when it’s clear they put a lot of work into anything. Don’t know where to start? You can start with their outfit, makeup, hair, shoes, or anything that’s very clearly visible that you know took a bit of effort. That will make someone’s day.
Another way to cheer people up when they’re anxious is to serve them. Being able to help a person who feels overwhelmed will feel rewarding to you and is a highly practical way to meet the needs of a person who feels like they have too much going on. Your kind words and your good deeds can help someone through a rough time in their life. What’s stopping you from doing it?
Jesus, thank you for the ability to cheer others up. Give me the wisdom to know when to use kind words and when to use good deeds. Help me through my own anxiety so I can help others through theirs. It’s in your name I pray, amen.