• Words matter
    June 12,2014

    Words matter

    Words are a way of expressing oneself and communicating ideas. The average American women can speak 20,000 to 24,000 words a day versus a man’s top end of 7,000 to 10,000. Like most people with a career and friends and family we hear on average 30,000 to 100,000 words in a day. Do we think about even half of the words we say in a day?

    I have been known to just say what is on my mind and not give much thought to what is coming out of my mouth. Why would I? They are just words. There isn’t anything that could possibly go wrong with that, right? Well, nothing could be farther from the truth. There have been many occasions I wish I could “take back” the words that went flying out of my mouth. Things sometimes said with the best intention can be taken the wrong way, or even worse taken exactly how they have been said. Many relationships are ruined by misplaced words that come from misplaced emotions.

    With that being said (yeah, more words are coming), think about all of the words you say: Do they uplift, help, encourage and support your fellow man? Or are you one of the people who talk to hear yourself talk about everything and everyone no matter what it is? Gossip and negative words can be just as detrimental to you and the people you’re talking to as they are to the person you’re talking about. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin are reporting that the activation of brain regions associated with negative emotions appears to weaken people’s immune response to a flu vaccine.

    I fall short of being truly positive all of the time, but I am constantly working on it, and I know for fact I am happier and healthier because of it. I challenge all of you who read this to try just for one day to say only words that will uplift, shine a positive light and make our society and world a better place. Try it for a week and see how you feel. I know from personal experience the only thing I have control over is myself, my actions and my words. I will not let anything I have no control over impact me negatively. I will choose to keep myself and my words positive. Will you?

    Jeffrey Tuper-Giles


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