Peaceful silence; meditation on the good qualities of your neighbors. Rub the tongue with this mixture every day.
Spirit of praise; sympathy instead of curiosity; conversation on impersonal topics. Make a strong solution of these, skim as long as the scum of adverse criticism arises. Pour it over the tongue daily. Examine the solution frequently and skim whenever necessary. This treatment will cure any tongue of the gossip twang.
Cure for Unpopularity - I
Unpopularity is usually the result of a poisoned or anemic condition of the enveloping aura of the person afflicted.
Hatred, fault-finding, suspicion and all kindred feelings toward one's fellow beings emit a miasmatic taint which will be consciously or subtly felt by those who come into his soul atmosphere.
A charity which positively rejoices in finding good qualities in one's neighbors, two ounces.
A frank friendliness which draws its own kind from other hearts and disarms slights, three ounces. A yearning not only to be blessed but to bless, two ounces.
Cure for Unpopularity - II
Self-absorption, chilling reserve of manner, bluntness and indifference, or fear and fretfulness, make one's personal atmosphere cold, colorless and lacking in magnetic force.
The cure for this condition lies in daily exercise. First, open the doors of your soul; then vigorously radiate upon others the warmth of sympathy and appreciation. Finally, exercise all your faculties of entertainment until you are in a glow with humor, beautiful with responsive thought, and rhythmic with harmony. Practice these exercises upon all who come into your presence and you will magnetize your social ether.
From ~ Isabel Goodhue's "Good Things: Ethical Recipes for Feast Days and Other Days, with Graces for All the Days," 1911