Power in words
Posted by Meg Bear on July 23, 2009
That people research the exact words that they should use to explain the US Healthcare debate to sway your opinion?
Is it a public option or a government option that is being proposed? Turns out, that while the definition of the option is the same the word you hear used to explain it will be different, depending upon the bias of the person talking. Polling data suggests that you feel differently when you hear the word public, than you do when you hear the word government.
Did you know?
That words from you can impact the entire day of others? For example, saying something nice to someone can make them feel better about themselves, can make them feel appreciated and can even impact their behavior.
If you knew that saying something nice would have a positive impact on someone would that change what you say?
Would it cause you to say something nice?
What about if you knew that it would impact something positive for you? If you knew that saying something nice to someone else would make your day better would you do it?
Words matter. Use them wisely.
And for the person who said something especially nice to me today — thank you — it made all the difference.