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The Power of Common Courtesy

6-10-07
Photo by 2-Dog-Farm
Are you easily frustrated with the way others treat you? Do you scream when you’re cut off in traffic, or seethe when someone checks out at a grocery store with 11 items in the 10 items or less lane?

Lack of consideration can cause frustration for you, but it can also remind you to do your part in making the lives of others around you better. When you do, you’ll feel better about yourself and you’ll feel far less frustrated about the things going on around you.

Common courtesy has the power to lift your mood and make those around you happier at the same time.

Do your part to make someone smile by offering common courtesy. It’s simple and requires no investment of time or money on your part, just a little respect and consideration!

By putting others ahead of yourself in small ways, you can experience a powerful connection with the people around you. And it all begins with common courtesy!

Please and Thank You

If you develop the habit of saying please and thank you, you’ll experience amazing benefits in all of your relationships. This is a simple way to show you care and that you appreciate the things people do for you. Your spouse will feel more loved. Your children will learn that you value them. The cashier at the grocery store will feel appreciated.

Instead of demanding what you want, ask in a calm tone of voice and say please. When someone does something for you, say thank you. These small changes don’t cost anything, but these words have the power to revolutionize your relationships.

Let Someone in Ahead of You While Driving.

Want an easy way to put yourself in a good frame of mind on your way to and from work? Leave the house a few minutes early. Look for an opportunity to let someone in ahead of you at a traffic light on the way. You’ll put a smile on their face and feel less frazzled at the same time.

Put some pleasing music on the radio and relax
! When you see someone attempting to get into your lane, ease up on the gas pedal and give them some room to get in. You’ll still get there on time, but you’ll feel less stressed because of your new attitude.

Let the Other Person Speak

In conversation, you likely spend the majority of the time thinking about what you’re going to say next. As a result, you may end up interrupting or creating resentment in the other person and failing to hear most of what they’re saying.

Instead, let the other person speak without interrupting them. After they’re finished, ensure you understand what they’ve told you before you proceed. In addition to avoiding frustration and hurt feelings, you’ll often solve problems in less time by reducing misunderstandings.

With a few small steps, you can feel good about yourself and your contribution to the happiness of the people around you. In addition, common courtesy has the power to shift your focus from yourself to others. When you focus on others, you’ll feel a greater sense of happiness and self-confidence as a result.

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