I saw a statement the other day that said "A tongue has no bones but is strong enough to break a heart". I don't think there were truer words ever spoken.
Repeated criticism and/or name calling can break down even the strongest individual. If a kind word rarely passes your lips, it speaks volumes more about you than your intended target. Is kindness really an unobtainable goal?
A while ago, gossip blogger Perez Hilton changed his ways. He went from writing vitriolic, anger driven posts to writing the same news but from a positive perspective. He is still telling the truth, but doing it in a manner that is not meant to deliberately cause pain.
Think of your own interactions with those you love. Do you speak kinder to acquaintances and strangers than you do to the one you love? Do you greet people with a smile all day and walk through the front door at night with a scowl? Has your tongue broken any hearts today?