It's easy to forget sometimes that people look at us and really listen to what we say. We have a great power when we speak. It is an enormous power that can hurt or heal people. What we say can be uplifting or heartbreaking, as well as making another person feel really good or really bad. We often don't realize it but what we say can make or break reputations. Literally most of the words that we speak are often heard by others who take them quite literally.
Here are some ways to improve the world and ourselves by using our power of speech for the good of the world. We should all be more aware of what we say and how we say it, and the first suggestion is one that would be great for everyone to be aware of and work on to improve the world around them.
Think before you speak
We are so eager to talk that we often forget to ask ourselves: who will benefit from what I am going to say? Could somebody's feelings be hurt, or their self-esteem damaged, if I make this comment or observation? Ask yourself these questions and you may save others pain through needlessly hurtful words.
Use your words and your smile to uplift others
Even confident people carry some feelings of self-doubt or worries about their family, relationships, or work. Look for opportunities to share a kind word or compliment not only with family and friends, but with store clerks, parking attendants, and others whom you meet during the day. Your kind words and your smile just might make someone else's day.