EN11 – How words influence us

For this project, I made a little website on some tips & tricks others can use to easily be able to cheer someone up and make their day. I then sent this website to my family and friends, so that they could read some of my ideas and give me some feedback, or use the ideas I gave them.

Click here to view the website

Write-Up

The question I really wanted to focus working my project around was “How can words change the way one person can impact another person’s day in a positive way?” I brainstormed some ways, but when I started struggling, I realized it was so much easier if I just thought about the ways other people’s words can impact me, and from there, I wrote all my ideas out. This way, I could use the fact that there were all these things that people would say to me that made me feel happier, so why can’t I say the same things to make other people just as happy?

The main message I really wanted to get across was the idea that although we all wish we could make other people a little bit happier, it seems quite difficult if we’re shy and don’t know where to start. I really wanted to prove the idea that through saying a few simple words, it’s easy to cheer someone up. To persuade other of this, I tried to include some examples from my own personal experience, to show that even though some of the examples I came up with seem like they might not work (which they might not, but will work more often than not), but if I could prove to my audience that I’ve seen it happen with my own eyes, it could persuade them to try a few of the examples I gave.

Obviously, there are so many more examples as to how people can make someone’s day better. This is why I also asked my peers and asked them to rank out of the options I gave them which ones they personally enjoyed more, which ones made them happier than the others. On my website, I put the highest ranked options. This way, I was sure that I was not only relying on my own experience of how people’s words have impacted me, but also how my friends have noticed that other people’s words have impacted them.

I really enjoyed doing this project, since I was able to gather other people’s opinions and ideas as well as my own. I truly hope that I can keep finding more and more ways that we as a community can help cheer each other up. I learned that we each have an important role to play in our society, so through simply using words to help each other, we can accomplish big things in the emotional states of one another.

Reflection

I really liked doing this project, because I was able to make it very personal and reflective. It got me talking to a lot of people and asking for their opinions, which is always very interesting, and I could incorporate personal aspects of my life into it, such as playing the compliment game with my friends, which made it 100 times better and made me happier to do it. I learned a lot while doing this project, because after talking to my peers, I learned about the ways other people impacted their lives through words. It was very interesting, because since everyone is a different individual, everyone had a slightly different opinion, and learning about the different opinions was the coolest part of the project. I also learned a little bit more about how to make a professional looking website, because although I did know how to do that before, I wanted to expand my learning a little bit more and try to use some formatting I haven’t used before. This was a little challenging, since it took some times for me to master, but once I did, I was very happy with the result and proud that I was able to make all of it by myself.

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