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How to Foster Positive Communication: 9 Effective Techniques

What was memorable about it? Was it the topic, the words, or just a feeling it left you with?Maya Angelou said,“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”Gallo, 2014This quote describes the essence of positive communication. Besides leaving an impression on the listener, positive communication provides health and wellness benefits for the speaker (Pitts & Socha, 2013).Positive communication also “yields the potential to inspire people to achieve higher moments, greater good, and to act selflessly” (Pitts & Socha, 2013, p. 3).Let’s take a closer look at positive communication.Before you continue, we thought you might like to download our three Positive Communication Exercises (PDF) for free.

These science-based tools will help you and those you work with build better social skills and better connect with others.Dale Carnegie (1998, p. 137) stated, “if you would win a man to your cause, first convince him that you are his sincere friend. Therein is a drop of honey that catches his heart.”Positive communication “is not defined as the absence of negative verbal and nonverbal communication, but rather the presence of positive, enhancing, and facilitative talk and gestures” (Pitts & Socha, 2013, p.

1).“Positive communication is unique in its ability to generate physical, social, and psychological health and wellness” (Pitts & Socha, 2013, p. 3). It is conceptualized as “relational communication facilitative of happiness, health, and wellness” (Pitts & Socha, 2013, p.

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