- lies (words spoken with the intent of misrepresenting the truth);
- divisive speech (spoken with the intent of creating rifts between people);
- harsh speech (spoken with the intent of hurting another person's feelings);
- idle chit chat (spoken with no purposeful intent).
In positive terms right speech means speaking in ways that are trustworthy, harmonious, comforting, and worth taking to heart.
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The best humorists are the ones who bring us to look directly at the way things actually are. Things are funny because they're true.
Expressing our humor in ways that are truthful, useful, and wise may require thought and effort, but when we master this sort of wit we find that the effort is well spent. We've sharpened our minds and have improved our verbal environment.
In this way even our jokes become part of our Buddhist practice -- an opportunity to develop positive qualities of heart/mind to have something to offer of intelligent value to everyone around us.
As we pay closer attention to what we say -- and why we say it -- we will improve ourselves with every word spoken or better left unspoken. When we do we'll discover that opening our mouths can be a great blessing. More