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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Keep notes of praise

Recently, I had read Barbra Fredrickson’s Positivity: Top-Notch Research Reveals the 3-to-1 Ratio that Will Change Your Life. Somewhere in the book, Fredrickson had suggested keeping mementos with positive messages or praise in a folder. This could help you remind yourself of the positives.

I decided to start putting any praise or recognition at my blog. This may seem like shameless self-promotion (laugh aloud). It is put here to remind me of my own positives and to inspire you to “do-good” deeds, too. I hope you get praise and feel good as well. Here are three kind things that have been written to me during the last few weeks:

First, I received an email with this message today:

Thank you so much for all of the important work that you do for children. If
there is anyway that I can provide support, resources or additional materials
for you, please don't hesitate to contact me. We truly value all of your efforts
here at [private].

This message was provided by a person who provides support to people who use her anger management program for children with special needs. I've used her program for about 5-years now and had recently sent a quick message to let her know that I was still using the resources and training.

By the end of today, I had also received a second messsage from a friend who had posted this at my facebook:

You have wonderful beneficial resources for our fellow Therapeutic Recreation peers and colleagues...Thank you for your contribution to our field.

Third, I received a positive “4 out of 5 stars” review for my book, Discover Hidden Secret Wisdom. This was posted yesterday!

Read what was written:

This book is very informative. It's useful for people who work in the human
services field. The author, Danny Pettry, has provided therapeutic care for
children as a recreational therapist. In his book, Discover Hidden Secret
he brings the tools he has acquired through his practice as a
recreational therapist into focus for everyone - providing insight into how to
live a happy and successful life. This book contains self-improvement, personal
growth and development and other like tips. I highly recommend it.

This new review is featured at

Last week, I had received an email with an interesting message. As a reminder, I provide therapeutic care for children who’ve been abused at a treatment center located in one of the two Virginias. Recently, I had promoted a book on understanding abuse. Here is what one person had emailed me:

I was a product of abuse when I was a child and had a very difficult time dealing
with it. You are very much needed in this world of child abuse whether it be
physical or sexual. You are very much appreciated by me and by any who have been unlucky enough to have been abused as a child. Take care, Danny, and have a wonderful evening. And, remember always how much you are appreciated by those who need you the most.

Naturally, I'll keep the name of the individual above private.

I have a lot of passion for helping children who've been abused. I couldn't see myself doing many other jobs. I feel very pleased to hear messages of encouragement. It can be a tough job sometimes.

Want to learn more about me and what I do to help people to be their best?
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