I'm a little confused by something. How do you tell someone bad news if you can't tell them that you "have some bad news" for them? We apparently need to come up with a new way as the internet claims there's science that says this is a bad idea.

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You can't see this right now, but I have my skeptical face on. Preply just shared what I will admit is an interesting article about "triggers" that people use that create issues that they later regret.

Since I was born and raised in Missouri, they need to show me so here's what they claim:

  • 87% say they have said things they later regret
  • Saying "I don't care" at work is a bad idea
  • 65% of people surveyed claim hearing "I have some bad news for you" triggers bad emotions

Now, it's my turn. The many times in my life where I've had to deliver bad news to someone (when you're me, this happens a lot), I felt like I wanted to ease them into the bad news as gently as possible. Do you want me to just blurt out "I saw your puppy get hit by a school bus"? I think not. What's more traumatic? Me saying I have bad news or just smacking you over the head with a terrible truth you don't know? I'm voting for that second one being worse. (Sadly, the puppy/school bus event really happened to my friends) Cue up one of my favorite Boston songs now...

The Preply article is worth a read as it does have some good and interesting points. My goal for this year has been to attempt to be "slow to speak and quick to learn", a very un-Holliday trait. Making sure you're about to say constructive and not hurtful words is a good life goal. But, I'd also say that the general populace in 2024 needs to lighten up a little.

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