I use the thumbs-up emoji a lot. Why? Because I want to encourage people.
If someone is doing something that could be hard, I would like to encourage them along. Like, climbing a mountain:
Or, my friend wishes to share her joy:
Or, she wishes to share beauty:
Encouragement gives people strength and confidence to go on. It makes them feel they’ve someone on their side. It’s such a simple symbol, but it can convey much to someone who receives it.
All photographs courtesy of Abby Chua.