Read the papers and the World seems full of people who are… how to put this politely… just not polite. While people in the media don’t always reflect society, rudeness seems to be a growing trend.
It may be tempting to lash out at the person who’s just been rude to you but, as Thumper says in Bambi, “If you can’t say somethin’ nice, don’t say nothin’ at all”.
Read on for 7 reasons to be polite and how it makes you a more positive person…
Being Polite Attracts Positive Energy
Who would you rather spend time with? Someone who’s grumpy and rude to everyone they meet? Or someone who always has a smile and a kind word to share? I know who I would choose.
Being polite will make people want to be around you. The positive vibes you give off will work in your favour, helping you make useful contacts and attract good things into your life.
It Feels Good
Do you ever feel good when you’re mean and rude? Or do you feel small and angry inside, even when you think you’re in the right?
Try being polite to everyone, even to those you dislike or don’t agree with. People respond positively to kindness and politeness. It feels good, and feeling good helps improve your day-to-day life.
Being Mean Doesn’t Solve Anything
If you’re rude to someone, even if they provoke you, how does it make you feel? If someone lets a door swing shut in your face and you give them a sharp word in return, do you instantly forget the incident? Or are you still fuming about it several hours later?
When you ignore an incident or respond with kindness, it’s quickly forgotten. A minor event that doesn’t impact on your day.
Rude People Look Ugly
Do this exercise. Stand in front of a mirror and say something mean. How does your face look? Repeat the exercise saying something kind or polite.
Which face do you prefer? Which is the better look? Even really attractive people start looking ugly if they spend their days scowling. How you treat the world will be reflected in your face.
The Other Person Might Be Going Through A Bad Time
Mental health issues are on the rise in our increasingly frazzled societies. The person you think has just been rude to you, might be struggling with depression or other problems.
Holding your tongue and being kind to them in return, could really make a difference to their day.
It Will Make Others Happy
Spread happiness through kind, polite words. Your positivity can really have an effect on other people.
In return, being positive attracts other upbeat people and can improve the outlook of friends, family and colleagues around you.
This World Needs A Little More Kindness
Sometimes one person can change the World, but even if your positive outlook and politeness only sends out small ripples, you’re still creating a little pool of kindness.
You’ll still be improving someone’s day and it could possibly be your own.
It’s easy to come up with a sharp retort or make fun of someone’s ignorance. Being polite is hard but worth it. I may not get it right everyday but I’m trying… What about you?