How to Measure Manners

It is certainly polite to demonstrate manners in one’s communication. Adherence to a dignified method of conduct elevates oneself, and conveys a sense respect in the perception of others, with whom one communicates. While being nice is a great feature to possess, one must determine if having manners is important. Is there an intrinsic or expressed value to displaying kind character traits?

Perhaps the value of being respectful is of immeasurable value. For when one is pleasant in one’s demeanor one instills a like-minded attribute to the one with whom one converses. Manners bequeath manners. What exactly constitutes etiquette though?

Is it saying please or thank you? Do these phrases actually express appreciation to others? Are these pleasantries prevalent terms, in contemporary society? Or do they seem out of place and exceptional in modern conversations? Obviously, pleasantries are expected. But when and how often should they be expressed? Can these terms be said with composure and pride?

What about phrases such as excuse me or pardon me? When should they be said? If said at the wrong time, could they be considered crass, or inappropriate? Knowing when to apply these expressions, is just as important as saying them. How one speaks, is equally as significant, as what one utters. Ones level of candor and sincerity is surely as dear as ones heartfelt expressions.

To seem pleasing one must be content. Speaking at moderate tone of voice and slowly articulating one’s words, is also a key component of manners. No one wants to receive, projected words, from one who is stuttering and stammering. But if you are the recipient of such speech, be polite; when expressing your displeasure.

Good manners also include use of pleasantries when appropriate. Saying please and thank you at the correct times is very important for one to viewed as a dignified person. Offering gratitude to one’s host will create a favorable impression of oneself in the mind of one’s host.

When attending any event it is polite to eat sparingly and drink at the pace of one’s host. If the food and drink are delicious, then it best to enjoy and not overindulge. One would not want to be viewed as being a glutton. But if one is offered a second helping, then if one is sure one can eat it, then it appropriate to politely accept it. Always be aware of your cleanliness. Remember to wipe your mouth often when eating to ensure that there is no trace of food related items on your face.


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