Cheering You Up

It may appear jejune to some to start a post with a definition, but in this case it well suits my purpose:

cheer (chîr)
n.
1. Lightness of spirits or mood; gaiety or joy: a happy tune, full of cheer.
2. A source of joy or happiness; a comfort.
3.
a. A shout of approval, encouragement, or congratulation.
b. A short, rehearsed jingle or phrase, shouted in unison by a squad of cheerleaders.
4. Festive food and drink; refreshment.
v. cheered, cheer·ing, cheers
v.tr.
1. To make happier or more cheerful: a warm fire that cheered us.
2. To encourage with or as if with cheers; urge: The fans cheered the runners on. See Synonyms at encourage.
3. To salute or acclaim with cheers; applaud. See Synonyms at applaud.
v.intr.
1. To shout cheers.
2. To become cheerful: had lunch and soon cheered up.

I’ve always understood the concept of cheering someone up as causing them to feel jolly, as in definition one.

And I’ve always understood the concept of cheer as in shouting cheers, to encourage, as in cheering on your team.

But, (and yes, I can be shockingly dense) it just today occurred to me that “cheering someone up” can involve the latter definition; rather than doing something simply to make a person feel jolly, as it were, one can “cheer one up” by actually cheering them on, involving a metaphorical act of jumping up and down and saying, basically, “You rock!”

This may seem obvious to you, but it eluded me until now.

It reminds me, again, of how important it is to make the rounds, and “cheer people on!”

I enjoy doing it on ICHC…sometimes it just comes in the form of a simple “LOL” or “snurt” so they know someone is watching or appreciating their humor. It can be huge, though. The possibilities are endless.

When faced with depression, loneliness, and some of the other negative symptoms of the season, I prescribe the “Go Cheer Someone UP!” prescription!

Actually, it works better if you don’t just focus on one person. By putting all your eggs in one basket, you may be disappointed. People get busy, distracted, etc., and they may not notice or comment on your attempt, (that doesn’t make them calloused, just human) so don’t stop at just one, or you may get discouraged.

The Donkey encourages you to Go Cheer Up as many people as you can!

Good Luck and God Speed.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Kafleen, That’s good advice you gave and I would encourage anyone to follow it. I hope you return to ICHC soon as you are very missed in your absence. Take care, PB


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