Dr. Otaigbe’s Wisdom Newsletter

It's better to err on the side of too much praise than not to praise at all.

Here is my favorite African proverb on the value of praising others: ”When the laborer is praised, his machete knife begins to cut more keenly.” When you praise someone, it has a positive effect on his attitude and behavior. It is said that what gets rewarded gets repeated. 

Never listen to people who hold back on giving compliments on the ground that they might go into the heads of recipients. Let's learn the value of saying good things about other people from Mark Twain, who said, "I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

A reader unveils the key to her dad’s successful 70-year marriage:

“My dad, Max Peterson, who has been married to mom for 70 years has often been asked what the key is to a successful marriage. He replies, ‘The husband needs to say these four little words frequently: ‘You’re probably right, dear.’” ~Marla Peterson

For Your Smiles and Giggles

• Waitress to a customer: ”How do you want the cook to slice your large pizza? Ten slices? ”Oh no, that's too many. I’m on a diet. Slice it into three.” 

• I am sorry to say that I have been fretting over whether my glass was 1/2 full or 1/2 empty. I need to remember how blessed I am to have a glass! ~Dana Brewer

• ”I kid you not. Every time I hear the dirty word ”exercise”, I have to wash my mouth out with hot chocolate,” said a man at the Franconia metro station in Virginia.

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