People often forget their words have power. Your words are powerful in what you say and in how you make others feel. The right words help you connect
I suspect most people could increase the number of times a week they use words that make a positive difference in their relationships. It’s easy to get busy, to take others’ actions for granted or to tune out to their needs.
10 Powerful Words to Use Daily
Here are 10 simple phrases you can use every day to make your relationships stronger:
- I love you.
- I appreciate your help.
- I understand.
- I’m sorry.
- I was wrong.
- I’m listening.
- I’m proud of you.
- I’m happy for you.
- I’m here for you.
- I believe in you.
Words are Not Enough
While the right words alone are a great start, you can reinforce their meaning if you add some non-verbal communications to your message. Start with your face!
Use your eyes to look directly at the person. Put a smile on your lips so that your facial expression matches your words, and let that smile light up your eyes as well.
Next, use your body. If the other person is standing, you should stand too, and whether standing or sitting, face the person as directly as possible without dominating. Lean in just a bit, again, without crowding personal space, to keep you focused on the person you’re speaking to and so his attention is on your words. You really mean this!
Your voice should be firm and warm. Speak clearly, plainly and expressively. Then simply state, with as much detail as necessary, your thoughts.
- “I’m proud of you for doing so well on that test, your studying paid off.”
- “I understand losing your job is hard to accept.”
- “I am sorry that the meeting did not bring the outcome you wanted.”
Live Honest, Open and True
When you express your thoughts and feelings, you communicate on a deeper level. Work to increase the number of times you express your thoughts and feelings to those who are most important to you.