Words Can Hurt

I've noticed that a lot of people hurt people around them daily by the words they let out without even knowing what they've done. It could be with a random stranger, an acquaintance, a friend or even a loved one.

I've encountered numerous scenarios where I'm in the middle of a conversation with someone or a group of people and someone makes a statement which may be intended to be a mere joke or a tease but when thought deeply on, can actually make a lot of sense and can actually hurt the receiver deeply.

I've had series of situations when I've been affected by such words; I wouldn't say the reason I'm hurt by some words is because I'm an emotional person because I've heard from other people's similar opinions and they're not all emotional people.

When things like this happen, the person speaking might not actually realize that he has said something that is hurtful to the receiving person and the receiver could take it very seriously and deeply and it can ruin a relationship between two people. This does not only apply between loved ones, it also happens between strangers and acquaintances.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that we shouldn't make jokes with our friends and loved ones. I'm just pointing out that we should be mindful about the words we use on people, not everything should be used as a joke. Think before you speak, put yourself in the shoes of the person you are talking to and imagine how you would feel if you were the one being told those things you're saying to him or her.

Your words mean a lot to people, human beings tend to value the things people say to them, no matter how irrelevant it might seem to you, it might mean a lot more on the other person's end.

When conversing with people, pay close attention to their facial expressions and body language as you speak to them, by doing this you can be able to tell when someone is offended by a statement you made.

Whenever you realize that you may have said something hurtful to someone, take your words back and correct yourself immediately to avoid bruising your relationship with that person.

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