Romans 15:5 May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus
God gives us encouragement. It's a gift from Him. Since God never gives us a meaningless gift, I think it's important to really meditate on how important He believes encouragement is in our lives.
In fact, forms of the word appear in the bible over 60 times. That should show just how important God believes encouragement to be.
1 Thesselonians 5:11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.
So important, that it's not something we should keep to ourselves, but something we should always share.
Matthew 5:15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
Encouragement is light. So, from this day forward, endeavor to think encouraging thoughts and when you do think of them, share them and know you're sharing the light of God's love with others. What a wonderful gift that not only blesses the receiver, but the giver as well. And, best of all in the current economic climate, it's free.