Many of us believe that being polite is something we should tend to do from a very young age. But does it actually have any effect on our personality? If you’re like most people, there’s a good chance that you’re a bit more polite than the average person. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re quiet, well-mannered, or shy. But it does indicate that you have an inherent sense of politeness and consideration for others. One study found the ability to be well-mannered was correlated with higher self-esteem. And another found that being polite led to better grades in school as children were more likely to be evaluated positively by others.
2. The Benefits of being Polite
The benefits of being polite are numerous. Among them are: Maintaining civility in discussions and communication. Creating a more harmonious atmosphere in the workplace. Avoiding conflict and arguing; instead, focusing on solving problems diplomatically. Reducing the unnecessary friction that comes from constantly arguing or disagreeing with others. Providing courtesy by resolving differences with diplomacy and tact. Lowering the stress level of people who have to deal with unpleasant or insensitive behavior from others. Helping people feel comfortable in their own skin—especially when they are being treated poorly or unfairly. In short, being polite is more than just saying “please” and “thank you” to your fellow humans across the world. It is a way of interacting with people that can help you foster positive relationships, build trust, increase confidence, and pave a better life for yourself and your loved ones.
Sometimes you just have to let yourself be polite. Sometimes you just have to do the right thing, even though it may not be easy or popular to do so, just because it’s what’s expected and being polite is a part of society.