In the last few days we’ve been talking about the power of words and how you use them. Sometimes we use our words wisely, sometimes we don’t.
We’ve come up with this list of things to remember when trying to use our words in a more positive way.
- Offer kind words any time you are able. It will make a difference to someone, some time.
- Be positive. Negative words never bring anything good.
- The way you say it can be as important as what you say.
- Explaining how you feel will help you sort out most things.
- Say no when you need to, politely, without fear or guilt.
- Be clever and funny, not mean and funny.
- Be polite. Even if you disagree or are expressing your anger, be polite.
- Say it out loud, to everyone. If you can’t then maybe you shouldn’t say it at all.
- Take time to think of all the possible places your words may end up… gossip? The internet?
- Speak up when others need your support. Especially when they can’t speak for themselves
- “Would you like to play?” Or the equivalent adult version, is a powerful phrase that can heal much.
- Remember when words have hurt you. Try not to do the same to someone else.
- We all make mistakes, or have times when we are miss-understood. Apologies can be hard to give, but are usually worth it.
- Listen as often as you speak.
What would you add?
Update: You can now download the image above as an A4 PDF printable poster here.