Encouragement according to John C Maxwell is oxygen for the soul. Encouragement is indeed soul food particularly in challenging times. It is intentional and purposeful in trying to offer something of greater lightness of being and a source of additional courageous energy, when there may in fact be a current shortage of one or both.
Encouragement is a powerful thing. It is an active and engaging action. It is focused on being productive and positive in it's intention, whether bestowed on oneself or extended to another.
Encouragement is purposeful, in order to uplift and cheer. Encouragement extends support. It expresses and indicates confidence towards the receiver being able to exercise, in some measure, that which is part and parcel of being their very best selves regardless of actual circumstances.
Encouragement aims to provide an experience of offering and receiving hope. Encouragement is heartening. It is a source of cheer.
Encouragement works towards proactively stimulating activity and it aims to offer help towards the renewing of both figurative and literal energy, whilst walking through your current journey as best you possibly can.
Encouragement at its core endeavours to nurture the keeping of a positive and open belief that there is opportunity available, even when all may seem very bleak and dark currently.
Encouragement at its primary root is focused on inspiring courage and hope. Encouragement seeks to encourage the pursuit of the purposeful and also the constructive.
Encouragement seeks to seek out that which still offers in some measure a contribution towards maintaining overall healthy and good wellbeing, whilst even in the thick of hard times.
It can take considerable courage and focus to see opportunity in challenging times, and that is very much where encouragement comes into very powerful play.