National Courtesy Month

National Courtesy Month

National Courtesy Month

September is National Courtesy Month. With all the negativity in our world today, we could all use a little courtesy and kindness.

According to the Merriam Webster Dictionary, courtesy is “behavior marked by polished manners or respect for others.” My parents taught me at a very young age it was always good to be courteous and kind, even in the face of someone being unkind or discourteous.

Ralph Waldo Emerson spoke about the value of courtesy when he said, “Life is short but there is always time enough for courtesy.” So many of us miss on opportunities to be courteous to others because we are so consumed with our own busy lives and things that really don’t matter.

Although we should be kind and courteous every day, this month serves to remind us kindness and courtesy are both important and rewarding. Here are some small, but impactful ways we can show courtesy to others:

  1. Greet people with a smile;
  2. Show gratitude;
  3. Remember to say please, thank you, excuse me and you’re welcome;
  4. Practice good manners in person and online;
  5. Send a handwritten note;
  6. Listen to others and don’t interrupt;
  7. Apologize when you do something wrong;
  8. Be patient and wait your turn;
  9. Give sincere compliments to others;
  10. Allow others to go first;
  11. Hold the door open for someone;
  12. Treat others with respect;
  13. Be on time;
  14. Share with others; and
  15. Be charitable.

There are many ways to show courtesy to others. So, don’t forget this month and the rest of the year to spread courtesy and kindness. It is sure to brighten everyone’s day.

Happy National Courtesy Month!