This well known quote from manuals of etiquette is something that I try to live by, particularly on social media.

Twitter (and increasingly Facebook) seem too full of stories of hate and dismay, so I tend not to add to it. I’ve been busy with work for quite a long time, which explains why I’ve been so quiet on social media for a while now.

But there’s a problem – by not speaking up about positive things, it creates an echo chamber of negativity. I’ve spotted this same fact with app reviews for my day-job – if I’m not sharing my positive (or even somewhat neutral) news, then everyone sees more negativity.

With that in mind, you’ll be hearing a bit more from me going forward – the good along with the bad – I hope it won’t be too annoying!

I’d love to give my Grandma credit for this quote – but really is a paraphrasing of a wise old lady called Alice Roosevelt (daughter of Teddy) who said:

If you don’t have anything nice to say, come sit next to me.

I think the original quote is even better – I think I may start using that instead! 😀

One thought on “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.

  1. It’s not that I mean to be negative on your post about negativity, but your first post this year was about posting every day. And this article is your current one, and it’s now two weeks old.

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