A main aspect of relationships is communication or words exchanged. Have you ever had someone unexpectedly tell you that you are amazing or appreciated or hardworking? Imagine how that would make you feel.
Positive words can be just as powerful as negative words, meaning every person has the power to change someone else’s day, week or even life with something as simple as a kind word or action. You never know when smiling at a classmate, co-worker or stranger passing by can give them hope when they need it or provide them a bit of happiness to help them get through their day.
Every person has their own struggles and oftentimes, those struggles are hidden behind what they choose to show others. So, smile, compliment, give positive words freely and maybe, slowly, we can shift the way we respond to others and create a more positive world for next generations.
Although it will likely take a long time to eradicate bullying from our society as a whole, we’re not completely helpless. There are things we can do to help bullying be taken seriously within our communities, to prepare kids today to be resilient to bullying, and to encourage words to be used to bring people up instead of tearing them down. It all starts with being honest with ourselves about the problem at hand and working together to change the way we think about words.
Sticks and stones, words and actions—the latter holds the real power.
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