20 “Soul-Building” Words for the Ones You Love

When they need to know how much you love them:


* You make my day better.

* You make my life better.

* I love spending time with you.

* Seeing your face makes me happy.

When they need to know you are ALL there:


* I’m listening.

* This time is all yours.

* How can I be a better _____ (parent, friend, spouse) to you?

* Nothing is more important than being with you right now.

When they are stressed or frustrated:


* How can I help?

* Take your time. You don’t have to rush.

* I think you are doing a tremendous job.

* Keep going. You got this.

When they experience failure:


* Be kind to yourself. You are doing the best you can.

* Mistakes mean you are bravely learning and growing.

* It may not be the outcome you hoped for, but I noticed your effort and it was quite remarkable.

* I believe in you.

When they face a challenge:


* I am amazed at how much you are handling right now.

* I am learning a lot from you by watching you do something so challenging.

* This isn’t over—there’s still time to turn this around.

* You are not alone.

The words “I love you” should never be underestimated, but every human being has a few words that make her soul come alive … that bring peace to his uncertain heart … that help them rise when they fall. Discover what those words are by watching—what makes her smile? What motivates him to keep trying? What adds a spring to his step? Commit those soul-building words to memory and say them as often as you can so that one day you are no longer needed to hear them.