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Virtue of the Week: Tact

Tact is telling the truth kindly, considerate of how your words affect others’ feelings. Think before you speak, knowing what is better left unsaid. When you are tactful, others find it easier to hear what you have to say.

Tact builds bridges.

You are practicing tact when you:

• Are careful about the feelings of others,

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• Stop yourself from teasing or embarrassing others,

• Tell the truth kindly and gently,

• Decide if it is better to tell the truth or keep silent,

• Keep unpleasant or critical thoughts to yourself, and

• Treat people who are different as you would treat anyone.


I am tactful. I think before I speak. I am diplomatic even when I feel strongly. I tell the truth kindly and gently.

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