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In Politics, Before You Speak, Consider these Three Questions

is it true, is it helpfulIn the United States we’re heading into a potential turbulent political atmosphere that has the potential to be disrupting to even our closet relationships.

You may remember from past elections, it’s that moment we say something about some candidate or issue and as the last syllables leave our lips our brain has figured out that we have just ignited a fire that we won’t be able to put out. The fact is, especially when something is emotionally charged, we often time don’t think before we speak. Our words become actions and actions become consequences. Unfortunately the consequences land us in relationship problems, a blown business deal, or just the general reinforcement of unhealthy mind traps.

But there’s a way to optimize the way we communicate in this political climate.

Just consider, what would the days, weeks and months ahead look like if before we all spoke about politics we considered three questions:

Is it true?
Is it necessary?
Is it kind?

This is not to encourage you not to speak about political issues, it’s just a way to clarify a particular approach that might save a relationship or two.

These a questions that one might say are inspired by the world’s wisdom traditions and have great relevance to our relationships in our families, friendships, business, and education today.

In this emerging world where we’re quick to fire off texts, tweets, Snapchats and Facebook messages, it might be more important than ever to consider these questions. In fact, you might argue that we have more space to do so if we’re typing something out.

But I challenge you to bring this into your lives at home, work and within the internet.

Why not practice something that not only will make you feel good, but encourage others to do the same.

Imagine the ripple effects.

Warmly,

Elisha Goldstein, PhD

Author of Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion

In Politics, Before You Speak, Consider these Three Questions

A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.


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Goldstein, E. (2016). In Politics, Before You Speak, Consider these Three Questions. Psych Central. Retrieved on January 18, 2019, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2016/06/in-politics-before-you-speak-consider-these-three-questions/

 

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