Words are powerful, we’ve been taught that since kindergarten. But how powerful are they, really?
Science proves words really can make you or break you. Praise can help one flourish, and negative attitude can lead to failure. Millions of people in therapy are living proof that verbal abuse in childhood has consequences in adult life.
The surprising thing is, it doesn’t just work with people.
IKEA put together an experiment a while ago. They took two plants, placed them in the same environment and gave each the same amount of water. Only one thing was different. The first plant was constantly praised, the second one bullied.
In 30 days one of them thrived. Try and guess which one.
Other similar experiments involved two identical jars of boiled rice or two halves of the same apple. One would be spoken to with love, the other would hear words of abuse.
The results, confirmed by dozens of YouTubers, repeatedly show that the bullied food goes bad faster. Urgh!
What does that mean for us? Treat your food with respect?
That, too. But most importantly it shows that words do have power. Which means you have to use them carefully.
If you need help coming up with sweet words, copy these to your phone notes:
- You look beautiful
- You are amazing
- I like you
- You are a good person
- I believe in you
- You can do it
- You are strong
- I trust you
- I like being with you
- You make me happy
- You make me a better person
- I’m there for you
- I’m on your side
- Yes, we can buy that
You got the idea. Let us know how it goes.
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