Switch Your Buts to Ands
While I was indulging in some YouTube time the other day, I heard YouTuber Philip Defranco suggest we build more positive attitudes by replacing the word ‘but’ with ‘and’ in our sentences. For example, you could say either of the following:
“I need to work out but I don’t have time.”
“I need to work out and I don’t have time.”
The first statement is negative and an excuse. The second statement expresses a problem but the word and makes it seem that a solution is possible if we work for it. I’m going to try this little linguistic trick and if it works, maybe I’ll teach it to my students as well.