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Has courtesy gone with the winds?

Courtesy and manners go hand in hand as the former means practising good manners. Showing consideration and good manners brings out a feeling of worth…

Courtesy and manners go hand in hand as the former means practising good manners. Showing consideration and good manners brings out a feeling of worth which being courteous entails. The problem with common courtesy is that it is easily forgotten by people, so a little conscious effort is required to be courteous. Actually it takes less effort and energy to be courteous than to be brusque.

Everyone wants to be acknowledged and appreciated. To be able to achieve this, you need to be courteous to people if you desire the same treatment yourself. Even in situations where you have authority over some people and you need to tell them what to do, you should not exert a negative authority over them. It is more pleasant to ask them in a courteous way.

Bosses who treat their subordinates with courtesy always have a much loyal and productive staff.

Common courtesy centres on the realization that there are people around us who also share the environment with us. Showing courtesy depicts the kind of home bringing we were brought up with. Small courtesies will take a person further in life than expected.

Courtesy shows politeness. It cost nothing but pays so well. No one is too big or busy to extend courtesy. Courtesy is not something that will require a specific training but it could be a warm smile or a simple acknowledgement like “thank you” or “I am sorry” when you do wrong.

Courtesy is one of the little things that make a huge difference in life as a courteous person who has no wealth is more likeable than one who is wealthy and is not courteous. Courtesy is very important in life because when you are courteous, people have a good impression of you and the respect automatically follows, instead of hatred.

Learning to have courtesy is a must for everyone who desires to make progress in life.

Courtesy is a small investment that pays off well and big. Most times, we allow our emotions to overtake us. We seem not to care about how others feel. We are only bothered about what we want and how we feel. Being kind hearted and humble go hand in hand with being courteous. Appreciating everything that someone does to you will only be achieved if you are humble and courteous and not always trying to find fault in everything and everyone. Being courteous does not have to be only to those you are familiar with but also to people you do not know. Being courteous to strangers is even more pleasing and fulfilling.

There are times in our lives when you are courteous and yet people react negatively. Do not allow the negativism of others to change how you act. Courteous people are more pleasant to be around with and they tend to be happier and contented with life. Courtesy costs nothing but buys a lot. Have you noticed that by just being courteous, many brilliant and talented people would have been successful in life but destroyed that chance by loosing grip of one of the simplest and most noble virtues in the world? There is every reason to be courteous and no justification for rudeness. Treat other people with respect and dignity. Eric Hoffer says, “rudeness is the weak man’s imitation of strength”.

So it is in your own good to always and at all times exhibit courtesy in all you do and forge ahead in life. Take this as a courtesy call on all of us.

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