“Every single word of lashon hara is considered a separate sin. If all the words are reckoned together, they amount to an enormous sum. Perhaps, G-d forbid, they may even outnumber the good deeds we have to our credit.” ~ Tales of the Tongue
I urge you all to listen to the following lecture by R’ Mendel Kessin. I heard this lecture almost 20 years ago and it totally changed the way I speak. It took me a long time to find it and share it with you. It consists of 4 links (2 sides of each cassette tape) which can stream on your phone or computer. He is very engaging and I highly recommend you give it a listen.
I believe the lecture is called “”How to Significantly Improve Your Good Fortune:”