An 'American Idol' Star Shares 10 Tips for Happiness

Say Three Nice Things

Sometimes we say words—good, bad, uplifting, or nasty—and think they will simply disappear into thin air. But I was raised to believe that our words matter, that the words we say have the power to build someone up to tear that person down. Mom held to the principle: Say three nice things. "Baby, if you're going to say something bad about someone, you need to say three good things about that person first."

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