If you visit a corporate office, startup business, university or elementary school, you’ll find one common denominator: posters with motivational quotes will be on the walls. The purpose? To encourage and inspire. These days with social media, encouragement is easier to share than ever before.
If you haven’t taken the time today to share a little encouragement, maybe you should. Here are three reasons a good quote lifts us up and encourages us.
1. Inspirational words from celebrities and historical figures, movies and books catch our attention a little more. For example your mom can tell you to work hard and do your best yet you might pay a little more attention to this Oprah quote: “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.”
2. The wording is memorable and, thus, meaningful. Studies have shown that how we say something is just as important as what we say. We tend to remember things that are well written or that use techniques like rhyming or alliteration. Quotes that use literary devices stick in our brains. Many people around the world are familiar with the classic Neil Armstrong quote: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
3. They appeal to the senses with strong imagery. An image can connect what is said with memories in your brain and make it universal and applicable to you. A great example of this is a quote from Sam Levenson: “Don’t watch the clock do what it does. Keep going.” The message is simple: keep moving on. Yet the image of watching a clock makes the words more meaningful.
Choosing to share a motivational quote with your loved ones is a great way to convey emotion when you don’t know what to say. Relying on the words of someone else doesn’t diminish your feelings but instead can help you convey greater depth and meaning. Find the perfect card in our collection to create your own motivational ‘poster’ for your loved ones. Just like those motivational posters, your card will inspire them!