Non-fiction: The 5 Things Everyone Needs to Hear

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The 5 Things Everyone Needs to Hear

  1. “I’m here.”
This is often what we most need to hear when we’re going through something difficult because it’s the difficult stuff that makes us feel isolated. And perhaps we know logically that we’re really not isolated, that we never are or will be, but there’s nothing logical about feelings, and sometimes we just need to hear someone say that they’re right here with us.

2. “I love you.”

Love is a beautiful thing, and we all need to feel loved, exactly as and for who we are. It’s become popular to throw out these three powerful words as a way of greeting, parting, or gratitude, but that doesn’t count. The real power comes when the meaning of the words can be really, truly, and deeply felt.

3. “You matter.”

Along with love, water, and a connection to others, having a feeling of importance is among one of the basic human needs. Being told that we matter, whether by a friend or the company we work for is more rewarding than a pile of gold.

4. “I trust you.”

We live in an age of untruth where most conversations take place through a screen and where we can establish relationships with people whose online profiles are about as real as Pinocchio. When it’s so hard to tell what’s real and what’s fake, how do we know who’s trustworthy? We don’t. But that makes hearing that we’re trusted all the much sweeter.

5. “I forgive you.”

We’re human. We mess up, and make mistakes. We all have something we regret. But we can also be forgiven, and being told that we are is one of the most relieving things we can hear because forgiveness heals.

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