Being courteous is to show regard or thought for others.

A polite and courteous act also shows respect to others.

A study of a common courtesy – holding the door for someone  – suggests that this act may have a more practical, though unconscious, shared motivation: to reduce the work of those involved. Dr Rosenbaum of Pennsylvania University says, “here are people who will never see each other again, and this fleeting interaction (opening the door), reduces each others’ effort.”

This small gesture is uplifting for society.

At the end of the day, the old adage still holds true: treat people as you would like to be treated.

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Ask yourself: how courteous have I been today?

Tips for showing courtesy:

  1. Show respect for others
  2. Always apologize when you do something wrong
  3. When someone is having a conversation, don’t interrupt
  4. When you change your plans, let others know
  5. Respect the needs of others in public
  6. Never embarrass another person in public
  7. When refusing an invitation, be kind and honest
  8. Respect your elders
  9. Answer sincere emails even though you may not require the service
  10. Respect the property of others

Act of kindness: hold open the door for someone today as you walk through.

This brief article explains in more detail about the link between altruism and behaviours.

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