Column: We should try to encourage, not criticize

Do you remember the phrase, “Sticks and stones may break my bone, but names will never harm me?” That’s not true, is it?

The things people say can leave worse scars and longer lasting scars than any sticks or stones ever will.

Whether it’s at work, at home, in a dating relationship, a parent-child relationship, whatever the case may be, researchers have found that there is a ratio in your conversations of negative-positive remarks; and, for most people, it is about 6-1.

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