Praise out of season, or tactlessly
bestowed, can freeze the heart as much as blame. — Pearl S. Buck
You aren’t stingy with praise nor are you lavish with it. You
are quick to recognize and acknowledge the successes and accomplishments of
others but don’t confuse praise with simple good manners. Please and thank you
and noting that someone did a good job or was helpful are not examples of
praise. They are, rather, merely examples of good manners and are integral to
your habitual deportment. Alternatively, praise is an intentional and
thoughtful action which privately or publicly acknowledges and commends excellence.
You reserve praise for exceptional or extraordinary performance, never missing
an opportunity to praise when anyone meets that standard.