The Importance of Good Manners

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Chris Brown


Manners, manners, manners! We hear about them every day, at home and at school but have we ever sat back and thought about “The importance of good manners”. 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. My dear friends over the next few minutes I will try to convince you all on the importance of learning and practicing good manners. 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 susceptible to change with time, location, social status, 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 ones parents. Good manners do not come naturally, they have to be learned. If children were not told and shown how to behave politely they will grow up rough and rude like savages. Manners are something used every day to make a good impression on others and to feel good about oneself. Good manners are more than “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 we treat others. If we practice good manners, we are showing people around us that we are considerate of their feelings and respectful. We are also setting standards for other’s behavior and encouraging them to treat us with similar respect. “Treat others the way you want them to treat you”. Good manners are not the same in all countries...
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