33 Effortless Ways to Celebrate National Courtesy Month
It’s amazing how much better the world can be when everyone is just a tad more polite.
Say please and thank you. To everyone.
It’s amazing how often we forget this little politeness and it seems like the ones we most often drop our manners with are our friends and family. So the next time someone does something for you, even something little like picking up your socks, show some gratitude attitude. This is how using good manners can change your life.
Let something little go
Someone cut you off in traffic? Step on your foot in line? Take the last dinner roll? Steal your pen? “Forget” to pick up their dog’s poop on your lawn? Put the toilet paper roll on the “wrong” way? Instead of letting your anger fester over little things, make a conscious effort to forgive them and let it go. Sing it like Elsa if you have to! This is what science can teach you about forgiveness.
Hold the door open for the person behind you
Let someone cut ahead of you in line
We’ve all been the person standing at the end of the long grocery line holding just a gallon of milk. It’s so frustrating! But more often, we’ve all been the one with the full cart in front of them. So let that person and their milk go in front of you. It’ll take you two extra minutes but will likely make their day. Here are tips to make running errands less of a hassle.
Smile at a crying child (and his parents!)
Crying kids can fray anyone’s nerves but likely no one is more at their wit’s end than their mother. So try giving the little one a smile, playing a quick peekaboo or making a silly face. Sometimes a little sunshine from a stranger is enough to make them forget what they were so upset about it the first place. (Bonus: Their mom will also probably be just as delighted.)
Learn people’s names
Everyone thinks they’re bad at remembering names but most of us can be better at than we think — if we want to. Making the effort to learn someone’s name, whether it’s the barista at your coffee shop or the checker at the grocery store or your friend’s child, helps them feel important and appreciated. Here are proven tips for never forgetting someone’s name.
Compliment a stranger
Compliments from a mother or a spouse can sometimes feel a little obligatory. (“Of course you look great honey, can we go now?”) But when a stranger admires your outfit or your smile or your shoes, you know it’s the real deal because they went out of their way to tell you.
Send a hand-written card
Think of someone you’re grateful to but haven’t told—perhaps a past teacher, boss, or your great aunt who bought you a graduation dress when your parents couldn’t afford one—and write them a card sharing your feelings. You can either send it through the mail or hand deliver it for extra smiles. Here’s how to write a truly heartfelt thank-you note.
Bring a favorite treat for no reason
We all expect treats around the holidays but nothing is quite as fun as an unexpected treat. So bring a plate to the office or a bar of chocolate to your best friend—just because. If they insist on a reason? Make up a holiday. Happy best friend’s day! These cozy best friend quotes will warm your heart.
Repeat gossip (the good kind)
Did your boss say something great about your coworker, but she wasn’t there to hear it? Let your her know. Normally repeating things you overhear about someone else is the opposite of courteous, but letting someone know they’re amazing and lots of people think so is never a bad thing. This magical text message can improve anyone’s day.