Courtesy is to be polite and to have good manners. It is to be considerate of others. It is a way of speaking and acting with people which gives them a feeling of being valued and respected. "Please", "Thank you", "Excuse me", and "You're welcome" are courteous expressions which let people know you appreciate them and care about their feelings. Courtesy brightens people's lives. It helps to make life graceful.
I am practicing Courtesy when I...
- Show others that I value and respect them.
- Remember to treat elders, parents, teachers, and children politely.
- Think about how my actions affect others.
- Eat, speak, and move graciously.
- Make requests instead of demands.
- Greet people with a smile.
I am courteous. I speak and act in gracious ways. I show others that I value and respect them.
This virtue write-up comes from the work of The Virtue Project. The Virtues Project is a global grassroots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life. The Project is sparking a global revolution of kindness, justice, and integrity in more than 95 countries through its facilitators and Virtues Connections. For more information visit www.virtuesproject.com.