Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down,
but a good word makes him glad.
Continuing in the interest of words and what they are to us and for us, I found this one interesting simply because it is very plain. I do know that even in light of a good word one can choose to keep a sour mood and heavy heart but it is true that one doesn't have to. This proverb has been a good reminder to me to be careful with my words and, being conscious of the hearts around me, to offer an honest good word when I can. I think this also means preserving words so that their honesty and goodness will ring true. And it speaks to the power of words upon us that a word can change us in such a way. Lets hope we don't redefine words to the point of erasing their goodness.