The power of positive words

Puppy with words who is awesome, you are awesomeRecently I was in a team planning session at work and for an icebreaker, we had to share what our favourite word was. I was intrigued by the words the people at my table chose and why.

One girl chose the word “fluffy” because of the way it sounds, and all the f’s. Another girl liked the word “cozy” because of the way it made her feel. One guy loved the word “awesome” and said he used it all the time.

Words are the frame for the pictures we paint for people. Let me give you an example. I used to complain about being overweight. One day a co-worker said to me, “you know, Laurie, I never thought of you as heavy until you kept calling yourself overweight.” Needless to say, I’ve stopped saying anything about my weight any more. Through my choice of words, I had painted a negative image in the person’s mind.

Never underestimate the power of positive words. They can be highly persuasive and influential in creating the outcome you want to achieve. This is no secret to any business leader or those of us in communications and in media who know it’s all about crafting the right message to achieve a desired behaviour or action.

This week’s Happy Act is to join me in a little experiment. Choose five positive words and use them at least twice a day for the next week and see what happens. One of my words is going to be Awesome. Some people say words like Awesome are overused, but I think that’s just because the word is so awesome.

Report back on what you found: did you find you had a more positive outlook this week? Did you notice any change in the behaviour of the people you talked to? Leave a comment. Have an awesome week.

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4 thoughts on “The power of positive words

  1. I must admit I don’t take the time to visit your page nearly as often as I should. I felt the need to visit today for inspiration I need to get me through a tough week ahead.

    I’m looking for things I’m thankful for such as my great kids, family, friends like you, living in Frontenac County. I’m truly fortunate.

    One if the words I’m going to use this week is “free”. I don’t mean in the monetary sense (although that is always nice too) I mean as in “free as a bird”. Free to enjoy the freash air, free to make choices, free to spread my wings and fly!

    1. Free is a wonderful choice for a positive word. As Canadians, we are so lucky to know what it means. I love the analogy of spreading your wings and flying and friendship. True friends should always inspire each other to do this–you go girl!

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