Has this ever happened to you? You had an accomplishment or a win and you were excited. You told your spouse, or parent, or good friend and with underwhelming enthusiasm they said, “That’s nice.” What a let down. It’s the answer to if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, did it make a sound?

Dr. Shelly Gable’s research, which she reported in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that how you respond to a partner’s good news is more important than how you respond to the partner’s bad news. So be a cheerleader to people’s accomplishments, especially with your spouse and family.

Why is a “cheerleader-partner” even more important than a compassionate partner? It may be that compassion at best just brings things back to normal. Cheerleading positive events makes for great memories. It also provides motivation to achieve, as there is the carrot of another celebration.

Realizing the importance of being a cheerleader partner can motivate you to be sure to cheer. It takes so little effort and makes such a big difference.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Michael Brickey, The Anti-Aging Psychologist, teaches people to think, feel, look and be more youthful. He is an inspiring keynote speaker and Oprah-featured author. His works include: Defy Aging, 52 Baby Steps to grow young, and Reverse Aging (anti-aging hypnosis CDs). Visit www.NotAging.com for a free report on anti-aging secrets and a free newsletter with practical anti-aging tips.

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