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10 Practical Guidelines for Positive Speech

10 Practical Guidelines for Positive Speech

  1. Do not express damaging or derogatory information about someone that might cause him physical, psychological, or financial harm, even if it is true and deserved.
  2. Promote people’s wellbeing. When in doubt, don’t speak out.
  3. Humour is great, but make sure jokes aren’t at someone else’s expense.
  4. Be kind to yourself. Speaking badly even about yourself is unethical.
  5. Don’t listen to gossip. If you can’t change the direction of the conversation, it is advisable to leave.
  6. If you inadvertently hear damaging information, you should believe that it is NOT true.
  7. Always give others the benefit of the doubt and focus on the positive.
  8. Words once spoken can’t be erased. Think before you speak, especially if you are angry, hurt or jealous.
  9. Use kind and supportive words with your children and spouse whenever possible. Harsh words can cause irreparable harm as can speaking derogatorily to others about the ones you love most.
  10. It is not only permitted, but required, to warn a person about potential harm — for example, that a potential business partner has a repeated record of embezzlement.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony