The Importance of Good Manners in Modern Society

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One of the first most visible characteristics that distinguish a person from the 21st century, from most of his predecessors, is the way in which our contemporaries behave themselves. Humanity has existed long enough on this Earth to understand, that there are certain unwritten laws, which govern our everyday life. It wouldn’t be a far-fetched statement if I say that obeying these universally accepted rules ensures if not a successful social life, then at least a feeling of personal satisfaction, that every one of us has the right to enjoy. Good manners express a life-friendly attitude that is generally appreciated. However, like most of the virtues we take for granted, they are a quality that
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Within this great mass of people, many different forms of societies can be distinguished. Inevitably, there are communities, which express various cultural and religious believes. There are different racial representatives, which have a different professional background and way of apprehension. No matter our perception of the world, we must always strive for tolerance and appreciation of those who don’t resemble us in any way. We must value the unique sides of individuals. We can never know in what way a different point of view, a different way of approaching an issue may aid us. Answers to questions may come from outside our own knowledge. They might come from someone or something that we have let to be a part of our horizon. Denial serves no one. All social situations would be more pleasant if people would show this kind of consideration for each other. Good manners, when practiced on a regular basis, lead to a less troublesome perception of our problems. As banal as it may sound, they help us to look on the bright side of life. It is incredible how such minor things such as a smile can influence our day. Have you ever noticed how when you smile at someone, the person replies in the same manner? How can you describe the feeling of giving and receiving? For sure, the sensation is a pleasant one. It has been proven that most social situations are more pleasant if we beforehand demonstrate how benevolent


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