Etiquette and Good Manners

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Manners, manners, manners…Oh! We hear about them everyday, at home and at school. But have we ever sat back and thought about "The importance of good manners". We children think that manners are boring, but we are learning something we will benefit from for the rest of our lives. We kids have a hard time remembering rules; rules at home, rules at school and rules when going out etc. Manners are the un-enforced standards of conduct which show a person to be cultured, polite and refined. They set a standard for human behavior. What is considered to be "mannerly" is highly liable to change with time, geographic location, social stratum, occasion and other matters. Good manners are the first mark of good breeding and reflect directly on a person's upbringing; therefore learning good manners begins at home and should be taught by parents. Good manners do not come naturally, they have to be learnt. If children were not told and shown how to behave politely they will grow up rough and rude like savages. Good manners are very important as they teach us the way to behave in society. They enable us to make favorable impressions on others, in school, at job interviews, in business and in just about every situation in life. People who understand and practice good manners feel more self confident and become more proactive in their dealings with other people. This feeling of self confidence is very important to our future success. Manners are something used every day to make a good impression on others and to feel good about their self. Good manners are more than just "opening doors" and "writing thank you notes". While opening doors for others and writing notes is nice, true courtesy goes deeper. Being polite and courteous means considering how others are feeling. Good manners are not the same in all countries as different nations have different customs. In England it is a mark of respect to take your hat off in another persons house or when you meet people you know in a...
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