Can one word change the way you feel?

In my experience, yes. A single word can make all the difference in the way we feel. A single word has the power to energize, persuade, heal and inspire. It also has the power to deflate, negate and even incite. Words spoken silently to yourself also have power.

“Better than a thousand hollow words, is one word that brings peace.” – Buddha

Here are 7 powerful words that you should say as often as possible. Use them freely and notice how much energy and positivity they bring into your life.

1. YES

The word YES is the most powerful word in the English language. To experience its power, try looking in the mirror and say the word YES ten times out loud. How does it make you feel? It is even more powerful when spoken to someone else: “Yes, I love you.” “Yes, you can.” “Yes, I am here for you.”


The word HAPPY is simple yet profound at the same time. When my daughter sees me doing something with a crinkle in my brow, she chimes in with one of the wisest reminders I have ever heard. She simply says, “Happy thoughts”. I instantly realize she is right. The next time you’re feeling down, remind yourself: “Happy thoughts”. You are certain to feel better. I know I do.

3. YOU

According to researchers, the word YOU should be used three times for every time you use the word “I”, “me” or “our”. For some reason, people like to hear the word “you”. When used, the focus is removed from ourself and placed on the other person. Try it: “You look beautiful”, “You are remarkable”, “You can do it!”


Hope is a powerful emotion and an equally powerful word. “I hope you’re okay”, “I hope you get the job”, “I hope you’re doing well”.


It is the first word in the answer to the most frequently asked question: “Why?” People want to know why they should or shouldn’t do something. When you want people to take action, always give a reason. You shouldn’t assume they already know. The word BECAUSE is one of the five most persuasive words in the English language, and with good reason. In case you’re wondering what the other four are: free, new, instantly, and you (included above).


The word LOVE is extremely powerful. We all want to be loved. Perhaps that is why whenever we hear the word, we instantly feel good. While hearing it makes us feel good, saying it to someone else makes us feel even better. Try telling someone “I love that about you”, ‘I love when you do that”, “I love that outfit”, or simply “I love you”.


As I was preparing this article, I could only think of six words, so I asked my 5-year old granddaughter, “What’s your favorite word?” She immediately said, “Special.” I thought about it for a minute and realized she was right! Special is a word unlike any other. It says, “You are unique” in the most positive way. Everyone wants to be special. Try looking in the mirror when you get up in the morning and say to yourself, “I am special”. Better yet, tell someone you care about: “You are special”.

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