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As the new year approaches, many of us will resolve to transform our bodies — but what about our minds? Giving ourselves a mental makeover could be just as important as giving ourselves a physical one. But accomplishing that doesn’t just lie in changing our thoughts — it’s also dependent on changing our words.

How we speak — to others and to ourselves — has a huge impact on our overall outlook. So isn’t it about time we started paying more attention to what we’re communicating? Below are 15 phrases that will transform the way you think, feel and act in the coming year. Using your words to change your life? Now that’s a resolution worth keeping.

“Please.”
It’s among the smallest of words, but it suggests the biggest of manners — which, quite honestly, need to make a comeback.

“Because.”
It’s a simple word, but it could help you get what you want. Those who reasoned with “because” in a sentence were more likely to receive what they asked for than those who made a request without the word.

“Thank you.”
According to Binghamton University research, only a third of people accept a compliment graciously. Saying “thank you” not only acknowledges the other person’s kind words, but hopefully it’ll help you believe them, too.

“How can I help you?”
If someone you love is going through a hard time, sometimes the best way to support them is just offering to do so.

“Can you help me?”
We’re often worried that asking for help makes us look stupid, but one study found that seeking advice can actually make you appear more competent.

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