From the Editor's Computer
Generally, I wish the people with whom I speak or see to “have a good day.” Generally, they, in turn, respond by wishing me the same, though I have been known to receive the odd distempered grunt in response.
The other day, just for the heck of it, I decided to wish everyone I with whom I saw or spoke to “have a great day.” The effect of that one small change was incredible. By changing one little word, I received all positive responses and, while some people expressed surprise at my ‘unorthodox’ greeting, I did not receive one grumpy grunt at all that day. It is amazing how by merely changing one little word, a person’s whole attitude or perspective can change.
We must never underestimate the powerful effect the words we use have on others around us. Words have the capacity to harm, to separate, to destroy, to demoralize, or to belittle. Conversely, and to put a more positive spin on the situation, words also have the capacity to heal, to join, to uplift, to encourage, and to praise.
More than the particular words we use, the tone we use to convey our point has an impact on others around us, as well. A combative, or accusatory, tone is not going to win you many friends in the long run, especially if you use that tone in your greeting as you inquire as to their health. On the other hand, a sincere friendly greeting accompanied by a genuine smile has been known to work wonders on even the sourest sourpuss.
As humans our automatic reaction, which is not always the best choice, is to respond to others in a similar manner to the way they approach us. If someone shouts at you, the automatic response is to raise your voice back. Instead, we should be approaching others with a smile and kindness. After all, smiles and kindness are free and do not hurt anyone. So...
Have a GREAT day! :)