October 11, 2010

Politeness. Manners. Elegance.

Politeness.  Manners.  Elegance.  These three words are great reminders of how to treat people.  The Office, a humorous sitcom has a character named Andy Bernard, a Cornell graduate with a unique personality, educates us on his politeness!   

This week’s quote of the week, shown above, was inspired by his character with a little lesson attached.   

Three steps to illustrate your Polite, Elegant and Well-Mannered Attitude.   

1.        Show Appreciation:  If someone goes out of their way for you, gives you a gift or a compliment, complete the cycle with appreciation.  This could be a thank you note, or simply saying “thank you, that is so nice of you to say.”  This completes the cycle of the kind gesture.
2.       Show Respect:  If you have been invited to an event, if is courteous and respectful to communicate and reply to the invitation.  RSVP is French for: “repondez, s’il vous plait,”  which means please reply! 
3.       Be Generous:  Reach out into other lives and do them  a favor.  Go out of your way to make someone’s day or help someone else achieve something they are working towards.  If this kind act comes your way, think outside of the box and find a way to return the noble act!

Live your best life and offer your greatest self to the world.  It is like perfume, you cannot pour it on someone else without getting a little on yourself!  Good day!

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