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The Power of Healthy Words ~ [Issue 0505-3]  Wellness Weekly
 May 18, 2005 10:34 PDT 

THE POWER OF HEALTHY WORDS
Copyright 2005 by Patricia Wagner

How would you like to improve how you relate to others and become
more energetic at the same time without having to purchase anything?
Here is a surprising truth - one of the most powerful weapons to
enhance your life is your own tongue!

A powerful pep zapper is distress over troubled relationships!
Worrying about them can quickly siphon off needed energy. So why not
try a more effective way to resolve these problems?

Here is a simple five-point plan for improving relationships and
increasing your energy level at the same time.

1. Practice speaking encouraging words instead of negative ones.

Concentrate on the qualities in other people that you can affirm and
dwell on those things instead of on their faults. This alone should
do wonders in relieving stress in your relationships.

Doctors know that prolonged anxiety harms you, but healing words can
soothe stress and a peaceful mind leads to improved physical health too.

What we say can have a permanent effect for good or for evil. Think
back in your own life when someone encouraged you. You still remember
what they said, don't you?

We store in our minds in a kind of mental art gallery what others
have said to us. What words of yours would you like to have
permanently installed in someone else's mind?

2. Avoid fueling verbal fires.

When someone starts to blow up all over you, be careful about your
response. Why burn your relationship house down with your own mouth?
Try spraying water on an argument with calm words instead of using a
flame-thrower.

How many marriages have been destroyed when in a fit of anger people
spew out hurtful accusations to one another that are never forgotten.
You might as well punch a hole in a feather pillow and let the
feathers fly all over the place and then try to collect them one by
one! You cannot get back the damaging effects of those hurtful words
either.

Want to free yourself from an entrapping verbal situation? Practice
waiting a while before answering someone when you are angry. Then
carefully choose what you are going to say. Your reply could well be
remembered for the rest of the other person's life!

"A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger"
(Proverbs 15:1 NKJV).

3. Do not be a motormouth.

Listen more than you talk and think about what you are going to say
before you say it. Do not just blurt out whatever is on your mind.

People who constantly chatter on and on about themselves and their
opinions strain their relationships. If you enjoy monopolizing
conversations, think about what other people may be experiencing when
they are with you.

Also, the more you talk, the more likely you will be to put your foot
in your mouth. That is known as "foot-in-mouth disease!" So think
before you let something out that you will regret saying.

4. Nip hurtful speech in the bud by carefully choosing your thoughts.

If you could put what you are thinking on a CD, what would you
entitle it? Thought patterns will come out sooner or later in your
conversations.

Abraham Lincoln is remembered as being one of the United States of
America's greatest presidents. But he experienced many failures along
the way. These failures were in the areas of formal education (which
was very limited), business, farming, and in obtaining desired
political offices.

If Abraham Lincoln had thought of himself as a loser when he failed
so many times in life, he would have been unable to fulfill his destiny.

5. Pray for healing words to tap the Source of wisdom.

Consider praying about what you are saying. Here is a to-the-point
prayer:

"Set a watch, O LORD, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips" (
Psalms 141:3).

Want to have a better life? Choose better words!

Start afresh today to create beautiful art-word exhibitions in other
people's minds with loving and caring words.

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Patricia Wagner offers informative tips on living a more
energetic lifestyle at http://www.a-to-z-wellness.com. She
is also an artist and you can view her original paintings
at http://www.artbywagner.com.
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