Newsletter Volume 32 - December 04, 2002
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We need your help!
With the rising tide of youth violence and bullying, the Words Can Heal mission has never been more vital to safeguarding America's children.
As a solution to the increasing problems of youth violence, the Words Can Heal awareness and education campaign underscores the need to teach youths to use language that is positive, free from name-calling, bullying, threats, taunts, slander and teasing. The program is educational, while increasing motivation for youth in their public lives by offering them opportunities to help navigate their own involvement with emotional violence and preventing discrimination.
Your support will empower Words Can Heal to implement the Words Can Heal Character Education Program in more schools and youth organizations nationwide and really make a difference. Check out our website and send the Words Can Heal Pledge to your friends and contacts.
- 160,000 children skip school each day because of intimidation by their peers. (The National Education Association)
- Two-thirds of young people have been teased or gossiped about in a mean way at least once in the past month. (Study conducted by Families and Work Institute and funded by The Colorado Trust - study polled more than 1,000 youths in fifth through twelfth grades.) Additionally, almost one-third of 6th to 10th graders - 5.7 million children nationwide - have experienced some kind of bullying. (National Institute of Health study released in the Journal of the American Medical Association.)
- There have been 37 serious violent attacks in schools in 25 years. (Examined by the U.S.
Department of Education and the Secret Service during a 25-year period, including Columbine High School 1999.)
In order to continue our dynamic program, we need your help. Donations from our members help to underwrite the research and transmission of our initiatives. Your generosity allows us to maintain and promote our free services.
Our ability to carry on in the future is in your hands. We want to triple our subscriber base in the coming year. Help us become a voice that will make a real difference. Please give generously!
*** Donations of $50 or more will receive a Words Can Heal
pin, bookmark and poster.
*** Donations of $100 or more will receive all of the above
gifts, plus a free “Words Can Heal Activist Kit”. Included in this
exclusive package, you will find:
These materials can be distributed to family, friends and co-workers to increase awareness of Words Can Heal in your community.
- Words Can Heal baseball cap;
- IDT/Words Can Heal calling card with a value of $5 for long distance calling;
- Words Can Heal stickers and pins.
***Donations of $250 or more will receive all of the above
***Donations of $500 or more will receive all of the above gifts, plus an autographed copy of Marlo Thomas' book, "The Right Words at the Right Time." This book conveys an important message - that what we say and how we say it matters, and that words can drastically affect the course of our entire lives.
- Words Can Heal Handbook;
- Words Can Heal Workplace/Family kit;
- Kids Character Education bookmark/poster.
***Donations of $1,000 or more will receive all of the above gifts plus an autographed copy of “Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning,” by Kirk Douglas. In the context of his battles with crippling injuries and a devastating stroke, Kirk Douglas writes about his quest for spirituality.
Please send your tax-deductible contribution to:
Words Can Heal
156 West 56th St. Suite 1201
New York, NY 10019 USA
(Please include your name, address, and phone number.)
December 04, 2002
A twenty-four-year-old widow whose husband had recently been killed in an automobile accident, leaving her with three small children, was asked which words of consolation helped her most and which helped her least. She replied that the words which helped her least were blithe statements of nickel-and-dime philosophy. The words which helped her the most were from a friend who said: “You have the strength to get through this.”
Encouraging words are so simple to say, but they can change the course of a person’s life.
Many successful people reminiscence about a teacher in elementary or high school who said to them: “You could really become great if you try.”
Many successful athletes remember a coach who said to them: “You have what it takes to be a champion.”
Many successful musicians, artists, and actors attribute their proficiency to a teacher or mentor who said to them: “You have remarkable talent.”
A classic study showed that the elementary school children who get the highest grades are not those with the highest IQ, but rather those with the highest self-esteem. And our self-esteem, as we all know, derives in large measure from at least one person who esteemed us and let us know it.
How to Give the Gift of Encouraging Words|
- Give only sincere, truthful encouragement. “You’re beautiful,” said to a homely girl will be brushed off as a false compliment. “You have beautiful hair,” said to the same girl may boost her confidence in her appearance. Don’t tell a child who screeches on the violin that he has the potential to become the next Itzhak Pearlman; do tell him, “Your perseverance is a great quality. It will help you succeed in many areas.”
- Be generous with encouraging words, especially to your family members.
Don’t worry about telling your children too often what their strong
points are. Young children form their self-definition based on
their parents’ assessment of them. “You’re so kind and generous”
will produce kind and generous children. Tell your spouse every
day how wonderful/thoughtful/hard-working/or responsible he or
- Don’t underestimate how much friends and co-workers need to hear encouraging
words. Even someone who projects an image of self-assurance
undoubtedly has bad days, disappointments, and personal challenges.
One successful architect had just had a major project she designed
rejected by her clients. Her co-worker saying, “I think your design
is brilliant,” saved her from plunging into depression. You never
know how timely your words of encouragement may be.
- Did you ever fantasize that if you had a million dollars, one day you would
just walk down the street handing out dollar bills to everyone
you passed? Well, you have a million encouraging words. Pass
them out generously. Today. They won’t run out.
Visit www.WordsCanHeal.org for more ideas on how to heal with words.
And spread the word! Send this message out today -- together we can make a difference!
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