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The art of listening

Written by: Tyra Mills

“God gave you one mouth and two ears for a reason.” 

 This old quote means God gave us double the ears so we could listen more and speak less. Living in such a modern society, it seems that our communication skills fade away as the years go by.

 The more we indulge in our social media, the less time we have for physical interaction. Though this is a growing problem, I do believe that there are people who prefer physical interaction to internet interaction.

 There are two things needed to have a successful conversation: A speaker with a message and an attentive listener.

 Have you ever tried to relay a message to someone who simply was not listening? It can be very frustrating for anyone.

 The art of listening is very important. Without it, we become narcissistic and full of ourselves, disregarding everyone’s opinion that doesn’t line up with ours.

 Being a great listener can help you empathize more, thus making you a better friend. It can help you learn to follow directions better, which helps you score jobs or even get promoted.

 The list goes on and on, but being a great listener allows you to become a better-rounded person.

 “I feel like I have no one to talk to” is such a common statement amongst not only teens but adults and children too. You’d think someone would have come up with a solution to end this easily fixable problem.

 The answer is simple: open your ears. Anyone can hear, but it takes extra effort to actually listen. If everybody decided to listen more and talk less, I know the world would be a better place.

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