What are some healthy habits I can adopt to remind myself to keep my mouth shut?
Smile. Blink. Walk away. In that order. --Fiesty Firstlady Manuel
Ask yourself whether you’d be comfortable with someone putting your response on a public billboard with your name at the bottom, or knowing someone was videoing your answer to post it on YouTube. Thinking of your answer in a public context can help shut down the desire to respond in an un-Christlike way. --Sarah K. Asaftei
Reflective action. Being constantly aware of what you are doing when doing it. Know your own “hot potatoes.” --Catherine Boldeau
Smile! But don’t stuff it. My husband would rather I talk it out with him than others. --Valerie Mellor
Let others do the talking, then walk away.--WS' Min Min
Imagine you are eating a banana; you unpeel it and chew on it slowly. The urge to speak dies away. --Joyce Ofori Addy
Praying silently definitely helps! --Renee Thomas
Have a rescue plan. A trusted friend can give you a look or some other signal. Or they can redirect the conversation to another issue. I love being rescued by a wise friend! --Sharon Norvell Leukert
I saw a sign at a business in my town that said, “Some people should use a glue stick instead of chapstick.” --Karyl Bahr Krieger
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