Awesome and amazing: use sparingly

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Laugh and the world laughs with you; weep and you weep alone.

Have you ever heard that proverb before? It’s relates to the quality of being positive and that people prefer cheerfulness in others. When you are happy, people will want to be around you and share your happiness, but when you are sad, people will avoid you.

I prefer to be on the happy side of this proverb and I encourage you to try also, but let me advise you on two extremely positive words to use sparingly: awesome and amazing.

Awesome and amazing are fantastic words. They express enthusiasm and excitement, and you can’t get much more positive than that. They are, however, overused and thus have become unoriginal. When words are used excessively, they become ordinary.

Think of the positive things you normally say when you receive a gift, hear good news, compliment a friend’s new shoes / car / anything, or (sometimes) when you express approval at work. Of course, be positive, but be original and sincere too.

Awesome and amazing: words so overused that they’ve become meaningless.

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