As you grow old, you realize how inversely proportional your vocabulary becomes to how much you actually speak in general. Listening more than talking has its downsides but in totality, the less you talk, the better it is for you and the people around you.

Of course, communication is the key ingredient in making any relationship successful. However, like everything else in life, excess of this too leads to problems. Here, you may not be able to control one end of the deal but you always have the option of weighing your side of things before throwing in anything.

 People have this tendency to somehow make sure the last word in any conversation belongs to them. This very tendency often pushes conversations to unnecessary lengths and sometimes even disputes, which by the way results in even lengthier and even more unnecessary conversations. You may not always have the whole situation in control but you’ll always have your tongue inside your mouth and the luxury of not using it by not opening your mouth.

A smile usually serves well in many situations instead of actually delivering words. You have to be careful even there though as sometimes even a smile can be misconstrued and you may end up using a lot of words to explain that smile.

‘Minding your own business’ is one of the most difficult jobs in the world nowadays, but the fact of the matter is that it’s beneficial for all if you do it more often than not.

-Hammad A. Mateen


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