“Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.”
– Blaise Pascal
This week’s quote is from French mathematician and inventor Blaise Pascal on the value of kind words.
I don’t have a lot to say this week about kind words, because I feel like it’s fairly straightforward. The words that we say can have all sorts of consequences, but the kind ones will almost always have good or positive consequences. They make the world a better place and as Pascal points out, they are totally free.
They can accomplish a lot. You’ve probably heard the phrase “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” but even when we aren’t using kind words to get a particular outcome, the ripple effect can be huge. You never know what a kind word heard at the right time might result in, but it’s much more likely to be something positive than negative.
I like the T.H.I.N.K framework for becoming more aware of the words we speak. Before saying something, ask yourself is it:
Of course it’s unlikely that we will run every sentence through those parameters to see if it passes the test, but it can certainly be helpful in becoming conscious of the words we are putting out into the world, and their potential effects.
Speak kindness this week, see how it changes your day. See you next Sunday!
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