Some people wake up grumpy, and stay grumpy all day. Others accidently wake up on the grumpy side of life, but don’t really mean to be unkind. The problem is that grumpy people often forget their good manners. Grumpiness isn’t an excuse to treat others unkindly.
You have a choice to use manners, or not. When you do, people like working, living and being around you. Choose the opposite…well, I don’t think I have to explain.
How about committing to a daily practice of good manners? Here are a few you can kick-start now:
- I vow to use “please”, “thank you”, “you’re welcome”, “I’m sorry” and “excuse me” as often as possible.
- I will look up from my computer to speak with people.
- I will put my cell phone away and enjoy the people around me.
- I won’t condemn people who don’t have good manners. I will show them good manners instead.
- I will not engage in road rage, and I will give walkers and bicyclists plenty of room on the road.
- I will wave, in thanks, to people who don’t try and run me over.
Stay focused on your manners. By being an excellent example of what good manners look like – no matter your age- you will be the one person people look to in admiration, no matter their age.
Out of all the people you know personally, who has the best manners? And, which of their manners do you admire the most?