Our words can lift people up or bring them to their knees.
The words we speak, the words we hear, and even the words we see – all illicit a response in our brain’s neural networks.
They can trigger distrust and fear or create feelings of trust, warmth, and safety. In fact, researchers using functional magnetic resonance imagery (fMRI) have demonstrated that painful words alone can activate our pain matrix.
We literally can “feel” the pain of words. So the words we use, like sticks and stones CAN hurt us.
Appreciate more. Attack less.
Affirm more. Assume less.
Be Brave, not so … brusque.
Choose to be caring instead of controlling.
Daring not demeaning.
Empathic not egotistical.
Friendly not fiendish.
Gracious not greedy.
Helpful not hurtful.
Insightful not incendiary.
Joyful not judge-full.
Learn to be more loving and less litigious.
More magnanimous and less militant.
More nurturing, open, and positive.
Less narcissistic, oppositional, and pessimistic.
By all means query and question … but do we really need to be so quick to quarrel?
Remember the reward in being receptive and reflective, rather than resistant.
Sincerity will always supplant sarcasm.
Trust and tenderness trumps thoughtlessness.
Uncover more avenues for unconditional understanding.
Usurp those uncompromising ultimatums.
Wildly welcome in a warm sense of wonder.
Exemplify being extraordinarily xenial.
Say yes to the young-at-heart and zip along with the zestful.
Our words matter because people matter.
In a world that is hurting, let’s more consciously choose words that can heal.