Courtesy is nothing more than a consideration for others. It opens door that would not otherwise open. A courtesy person who is not very sharp, will go further in life than a discourteous but sharp person. It is the little things that makes a big difference. Small courtesies will take a person much further than cleverness. Courtesy is an offshoot of deep moral behavior. It cost nothing but pays well.

No one is too big or too busy to practice courtesy. It means giving your seat to the elderly or to the disabled. Courtesy can be a warm smile or a thank you. It is a small investment but the payoffs are big. It enhances the other person’s self-worth.

Courtesy and manner go hand in hand. It is equally important, if not more, to practice manners at home and not just on outsiders. Showing consideration and good manners brings out a feeling of warmth and acceptance in the home. Courtesy means practicing good manners. Courteous behavior ought to be taught to children at an early age so that they can grow and become mature, considerate adults. Courteous behavior, once learned, stays for life. It demonstrate a caring attitude and sensitivity to other people’s feelings. It seems trivial and unimportant, but little phrases such as, ‘please’, ‘thank you’, and ‘I am sorry’ take a person a long way.

Remember being courteous will breed courtesy in return. Practice as much and as often as you can. Initially, it may take some attention, but the efforts is well worth it. Politeness is the hallmark of gentleness. Courtesy is another name for politeness. It costs a little put pays a lot, not only to the individual but also to the entire organization. Politeness and courtesy are signs of being cultured. Rudeness and discourtesy show the lack of it. Treat other people with respect and dignity.



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