As Lois and I near the end of our videos for a word a day during the month of March, my takeaway is to consider the impact of the words that I speak each day. I know that I have often heard that there is power in a word spoken; but I readily admit that I have not always taken the time to weigh the poignant effect of my words.

In a 2007 All Things Considered, show on NPR, the discussion was around how many words we speak each day. This research took place at the University of Arizona. Psychologist Matthias Mehl discussed the findings published in the current week’s issue of Science.

 An article in this week’s issue of Science blasts the popular myth that women are more talkative than men. The researchers found that women speak a little more than 16,000 words a day. Men speak a little less than 16,000 words. The difference is not statistically significant.

My interest in this had to do more with how many words we all speak each day. 16,000 words are a lot words. So today I find myself reflecting on this quote by Yehuda Berg.

Words are singularly the most powerful force available to humanity. We can choose to use this force constructively with words of encouragement, or destructively using words of despair. Words have energy and power with the ability to help, to heal, to hinder, to hurt, to harm, to humiliate and to humble.

Offering a word a day has brought new meaning to “choose your words wisely.”