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Power in words

Posted by Meg Bear on July 23, 2009


482348262_b97ed473c1_mDid you know?

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.

2 Responses to “Power in words”

  1. Most correct

  2. Vivian Wong said

    Very true Meg!

    I’ve noticed that by saying something nice to other people, it makes me feel good too. Win/Win!
    I have also noticed that by using negative words, it brings down my energy and my outlook for the day. This is one of my favorite mantras:

    “Waking up in this morning, I smile. Twenty-four brand new hours are before me. I vow to live fully in each moment and to look at all beings with eyes of compassion.” – Thich Nhat Hanh

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