May 3, 2010

The art of being polite..

Etiquette 101. Try to be polite as far as possible with people you meet on a regular basis.

Well, you're probably thinking that it's more like common sense than etiquette.. but believe me, some people neither know the difference nor have any regard for them. As a generation that has to deal with a variety of people, from colleagues to family to friends to strangers, we have a wide variety of social behavioral expectations bestowed upon us, whether we like it or not. And society judges us on not just how we treat our peers but also those superior or inferior to us. Somehow, the superiority takes care of itself...maybe because you’re trying to impress the people above you in professional/social standing, maybe it’s out of reverence, but mostly because you want to play it “safe”, many people end up treating their superiors better than they would, their peers. See with the peers, there is no telling who is better than whom and some people just cannot waste their precious breath in being civil around everyone else but would rather their snooty behavior do all the talking.

But let's be honest.. no one likes impolite people. And a little bit of niceness may go a long way in cementing something as unlikely as a work-level friendship even. And lets face it - the more number of trustworthy and in general nice people you have around you, the more likely they are to help you with something when you need it ; And of course the ball is set rolling only if you are a bit nice yourself. A pretty decent barter and really, what's to lose? Some sort of plant a tree.. save the environment -type motto. Be nice and you'll be treated nicely too. Ok.. that sounded better in my head, but you get the point.


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