The Power of Praise
It was the end of my first day as a waitress in a busy New York restaurant. My cap had gone away, and my feet hurt. The loaded plates I carried seemed to be heavier and heavier. Tired and discouraged, I didn't seem able to do anything right. As I wrote out a check for a family with several children who had changed their ice-cream order a dozen times, I was ready to quit. Then the father smiled at me as he handed me my tip. “Well done”, he said, “you're looking after us really well.” Suddenly my tiredness disappeared. I smiled back, and later, when the manager asked me how I’d like my first day, I said, “Fine!” Those few words of praise had changed everything. Praise is like sunshine to the human spirit; no flower can grow without it. And yet, most of us are only too ready to apply to others the cold wind of criticism; we are unwilling to give our fellows the warm sunshine of praise. Why---when one word of praise can bring such benefit?
In fact, to give praise costs the giver nothing but a moment's thought and a moment's effort but will reward both the giver and the recipient（接受者） with a happy day. Let’s learn to give praise to people around us.
2. 然后以120个词就“The Power of Praise”为主题发表你的看法, 并包括如下要点：
1. 可以使用自己的经历或听到的故事,可以参照阅读材料的内容, 但不得直接引用原文中的句子；
The writer, once encouraged by the praise of a customer when she was about to give up her job, realized the magic of praise. But not many people are ready to give credit to others.
This is true with the people around me. Though people are pleased to receive praise, they are not accustomed to expressing their appreciation of others’ effort and achievement in their presence. We Chinese are considered to be reserved in this respect.
In my opinion, we should never grudge giving our praise and gratitude in our daily life since it warms us up and helps build our confidence and interest in things that we are engaged in. I can well remember the encouraging smile on my teacher’s face when I made some progress and was praised in class. How powerful the praise was!