Why Choosing Your Words Carefully Can Make You Happier

The words you speak both reflect and shape your reality. All the more reason to say what you mean — and mean what you say.
The way you use language — whether you’re talking with others or to yourself — goes a long way toward shaping your experiences. It also reveals a lot about the way you think, feel, and function.

With or without your awareness, your word choices program your beliefs — and broadcast them. They can support or betray your intentions.
So this month, we’re talking about the art of using language more consciously, and in the service of your highest goals. From the surprising power of key words and declarations to the value of saying more of what you mean and less of what you don’t, we explore the ways language defines your experience and how it shapes your connections with others.
We also offer some experiments to help you develop a more empowered approach to language in your own life.
Sloppy Speech
Our culture trains us to talk a lot ­— and often without reflection. During the course of our daily lives, we speak most of our sentences automatically and reactively. We rarely pause to consider the meaning and intention (or lack thereof) embedded in each utterance.
Neurological and linguistic research demonstrates that, as humans, we are hardwired to react to words in subtle and powerful ways — often at a subconscious level. To a significant extent, we are programmed by the words we speak and hear.
The study of Conscious Language is an exploration of how we can leverage this trait to our advantage through thoughtful speech patterns and empowering word choices. It strives to increase our awareness of how vague, negative, and self-limiting language works against us.

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