When you help someone by offering positive words of support and approval, that's encouragement. It must have been the words of encouragement you gave in the airport lounge that helped your friend board the plane.

Within the word encouragement we see the word "courage," which means the ability to face danger and deal with it. To encourage, then, is to help develop that ability in someone, while the "ment" at the end makes that development into a noun, the act of giving courage or support to another. You needed a little encouragement to try horse riding again, after your injuries healed.

Definitions of encouragement
  1. noun
    the act of giving hope or support to someone
    synonyms: boost
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    morale booster, morale building
    anything that serves to increase morale
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    aid, assist, assistance, help
    the activity of contributing to the fulfillment of a need or furtherance of an effort or purpose
  2. noun
    the expression of approval and support
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    the expression of opposition and disapproval
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    abetment, abettal, instigation
    the verbal act of urging on
    cheering, shouting
    encouragement in the form of cheers from spectators
    advancement, furtherance, promotion
    encouragement of the progress or growth or acceptance of something
    fosterage, fostering
    encouragement; aiding the development of something
    goad, goading, prod, prodding, spur, spurring, urging
    a verbalization that encourages you to attempt something
    incitement, provocation
    needed encouragement
    vote of confidence
    an expression of approval and encouragement
    underhandedly or improperly inducing someone to do something improper or unlawful
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    approval, commendation
    a message expressing a favorable opinion
  3. noun
    the feeling of being encouraged
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    the general feeling that some desire will be fulfilled
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