Being polite does not reduce a penny. It cost nothing but can make a bigger difference to how others feel about you. According to Wikipedia, politeness is the practical application of good manners or etiquette so as not to offend others.
Again, politeness means being aware of and respecting the feelings of other people; one may not always notice politeness but rudeness is usually noticeable.
In addition, politeness can improve your relationship with others, boost your self-esteem, confidence and improve your communication skills.
You could easily recognize when people are rude to you or others but it’s often difficult to recognize such trait in yourself.
Now, the best thing to do is to think carefully about the impression you leave on others. Ask yourself, “Do I leave a good or bad impression on the person I just spoke to”? what impression do you leave on people when you communicate with them.
Furthermore, some things has to be taken into consideration in being polite. And they are the etiquette of politeness. Keep reading.
GREETING AND BEING APPROACHABLE
First, greet people appropriately, smile naturally to people. Be approachable, don’t blank people, make small talk with people. Be friendly and try to be positive.
TRY TO REMEMBER
Secondly, try as much as possible to remember things about the other person and comment appropriately. Some people are rude that they don’t even try to remember people names of faces. (Disclaimer : Not remembering people name or face is a disorder in some cases).
LEARN TO SAY “THANK YOU”, “PLEASE” AND “SORRY”.
In addition, make sure you thank people for their input or contributions no matter how little it is. Say “please” for request and “I’m sorry” when you offend.
APPROPRIATE USE OF LANGUAGE.
The fourth on the list of the etiquette of politeness is to learn good usage of language. Do not insult, avoid vulgar languages.
AVOID THE USE OF ABBREVIATIONS
Similarly, it is important to know the kind of person to use abbreviations for. Using abbreviation for a Doctor, Lecturer, Manager, or Professor can be seen as a rude behaviour.
APPROPRIATE AND GOOD PERSONAL HYGIENE.
Again, brush your teeth, bath, wear clean cloth, dress responsibly, put on a dress that fit the social gathering. For instance, wearing shorts to a religious gathering makes one look irresponsible. All this are part of the etiquette of being polite.
AVOID SERIOUS HUMOUR
Now, you don’t want to hurt others, do you? don’t use humour that will hurt others. Avoid body shaming others.
PRACTICE GOOD TABLE MANNER.
Stop benching loudly in the presence of people. It is so impolite.
Furthermore, respecting others ideas and opinions is another etiquette of politeness. Listen to what people have to do or say.
AVOID JARGONS AND VOCABULARIES.
Communicate with simple language. Speak what people will understand, use the appropriate words in the appropriate gathering.
Regardless, Be You.