In an era where life is increasingly fast-paced and digital, the human connection can sometimes feel lost in the shuffle. Do you remember the “good old days” when common courtesy and polite gestures were the norm, not the exception? This list is a nostalgic nod to those times.
We’ve curated a list of polite things we dearly miss that would make our day-to-day interactions warmer, more human, and truly memorable. Here are the 15 Polite Things You Most Wish People Still Did Regularly.
Saying ‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’
The most straightforward words can carry a profound impact. A recent survey by YouGov found that 57% of people believe saying “please” and “thank you” is not as common as it used to be.
Holding Doors Open
An act of kindness that requires little effort but signifies respect. A study by Purdue University found that people are more likely to hold doors for others when they’re in a good mood.
Offering Seats to the Elderly or Pregnant
A sign of respect and courtesy, especially in public. According to the Department of Transportation, only 28% of commuters offer their seats to those in need.
Writing Thank You Notes
A handwritten note stands out in this digital age. Emily Post once said, “There’s no substitute for a hand-written note.”
Returning Shopping Carts
A simple act of common decency that keeps parking lots safe and clean. Unfortunately, a survey by Carts & Parts found that 21% of shoppers admit to not returning their carts.
Cleaning Up After Pets
A sign of respect for public spaces and others’ property. The American Pet Products Association reports that only 60% of dog owners clean up after their dogs.
Respect for others’ time is critical. A survey by CareerBuilder found that 29% of employees are late to work at least once a month.
Dale Carnegie said, “To be interesting, be interested.” Active listening promotes understanding and rapport.
Respecting Personal Space
Maintaining personal space is crucial in a world where boundaries often blur. Research by Oxford University shows that secret space invasion can increase anxiety.
Keeping Phone Conversations Private
Nobody wants to hear half a conversation. A study by Samsung found that 72% of people are annoyed by loud phone conversations in public.
Using Turn Signals
A basic rule of driving is often ignored. The Society of Automotive Engineers estimated that U.S. drivers miss signals about 2 billion times daily.
An act of environmental responsibility. Sadly, the EPA reports that only about 32% of waste is recycled in the U.S.
A genuine compliment can brighten someone’s day. Research demonstrates that compliments trigger the same brain region as cash.
Offering Help When Someone is Struggling
Giving someone compassion and empathy may change their life. Mental Health America found that 20% of Americans had a mental health issue yearly.
Saying ‘Bless You’ When Someone Sneezes
A small gesture that shows concern for others’ well-being. In some cultures, saying ‘bless you’ stems from the belief that sneezing can release demons or evil spirits from the body. Regardless of its origins, it’s a simple way to show care and empathy towards others.
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