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Think Before You Speak: Being Helpful

  • Gossip, even if it is true, does not help, and is often harmful to us and others.
  • Bragging about oneself annoys and irritates others.
  • Feedback to others, if not constructive, creates a bad taste in the mouth of those receiving it.
  • It isn’t really helpful to point out that the traffic is bad or that the weather is too hot.

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The popular mnemonic acronym THINK provides us with simple guidelines to consider before we graciously proceed to put our foot in our mouths:

We live in a world of confirmation bias and cognitive dissonance, where our belief patterns bend reality without our realizing it. Each one of us may have a different version of the truth, that may not be what others believe. One has to reflect within and mov...

  1. How would you apply the THINK guidelines to your personal and work life?
  2. What part stands out and defines your existing behaviour?
  3. Can you practice speaking a bit slowly and then observe how the other person is responding?
  4. Do you generally talk about positive stuf...

We all may have committed the mistake of speaking something that we regret, and wish our words were mindful and compassionate.

When we are about to say something, we need to ask ourselves what we want to say is actually necessary or not, and what if silence is a better option here, which is true in many cases.

If you have to say something, say it kindly. While it is easier to be angry and negative, kindness during communication, is a big virtue, and harsh words or a rude tone do collateral damage even if we are being righteous. 

Who said it often has more weight in society than what is being said. Even if the content of what you say is perfectly right, sometimes you are not the right person to say it.

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