The Buddha explained how we can know when speech is skillful:
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" The insufficient elimination of the foul and decaying products of digestion may plunge us into deep melancholy.
The Access to Insight website, founded by John T. Bullitt in 1993, is a wonderful, free online resource for dhamma texts.
At the close of a year, we reflect on the challenges, the losses, stresses, and sorrows, as well as the joys and happiness we’ve experienced. As we wish each other "Happy New Year," the hopes and favorable intentions inherent in that sentiment are well expressed by the Buddha in his discourse on good will for all—including ourselves.
Mahjima Nikaya sutta 61 (MN 61: Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta: Instructions to Rahula at Mango Stone) recounts the Buddha's teaching to his son, Rahula. This sutta is often cited in dhamma talks to illustrate the importance of right speech. The real importance of this sutta, however, is the instruction it gives for how to integrate practice in daily life.