Please & Thank You Go A Long Way!

Please & Thank YouHaving manners and respect for yourself and others is something that people should not have to be reminded of.

It is just basic common sense, yet very often, is completely void in society.

Children learn their behaviors from adults, so if a parent doesn’t demonstrate good manners and respect, the chances are that their offspring will not either.

However, that’s not to say that other outside influences and stimuli cannot cause one to adapt to society’s norms and, in turn, develop a good sense of self-esteem and self-confidence, which can be passed onto even more people, thus tipping the scales to the correct and accepted everyday behavior we should all take part in and expect.

Ask yourself if you ever “poured it on” by saying please before asking for something you wanted, and perhaps even thank you, after you succeeded, but only did so because you knew it would help your cause.

Now think how much better, and ultimately easier it would be to simply incorporate please and thank you into your everyday normal vocabulary, rather than needing to bring it out of “storage” only when it benefited you.

It would not only make your life a great deal easier and provide you with a good sense of self-worth, but it very possibly could also lead to a domino effect, thereby making those around you better people as well!

There is too much complaining and blaming of our problems on others these days, so why not get back to basics and start with proper manners and etiquette in order to get the ball rolling towards making our society a finer and more friendlier one!


Thank you for reading!

About gman18

I came into the world on October 18, 1961. John F. Kennedy was President of the United States. The film West Side Story was released, and would go on to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Major League Baseball was celebrating Roger Maris of the New York Yankees, who hit a then-record 61 home runs that season. I was an excellent student, although a bit of a class clown too. I spent a majority of my time playing sports, but fell in love with newspapers, which was how I was initially introduced into writing and storytelling. While attending Kingsborough Community College from 1979-1981, I served as editor-in-chief of the school's paper, and then joined the staff at Long Island University's Seawanhaka for my junior and senior years. At L.I.U. where I earned my Bachelor of Arts Degree in Journalism in 1983, I was also a selected member of Sigma Delta Chi, as well as Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges. My last year in college included an unpaid internship at WCBS-TV, Channel 2 in New York City, where I learned so much about the television business. Upon graduation, I landed a job at the network, starting as a news clerk for The CBS Morning News with Diane Sawyer, and also weekend shifts for The NFL Today with Brent Musburger. After quickly rising in the ranks to producer, my life suddenly went on a downward spiral due to addictions to alcohol, drugs and gambling, which ultimately led to nearly six years behind bars for robbery. My time incarcerated gave birth to my first published book, Jew in Jail, which tells my true story of how I finally decided to deal with my addictions and turn my life around, all the while under the toughest conditions imaginable of being a minority in the prison system, forced to fend for myself. Writing Jew in Jail - as I was doing my time - allowed me to become very introspective, and realize that I could help others in similar situations of being an addict and/or living with low self-esteem. Today, I still reside in my hometown of Brooklyn, New York, where I am working on my next book project, continuing to promote Jew in Jail, and always helping other addicts through my motivational and inspirational speeches, and one-on-one consultations.
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9 Responses to Please & Thank You Go A Long Way!

  1. I’m pleased to be able to say Thank You for this article and mean it Gary. All too often people just seem to grunt instead of actually speaking these simple words – and this habit is NOT confined to the kids of today, many adults do the same.

    • gman18 says:

      It is my pleasure, “Story!” You are absolutely correct when you mentioned that adults are very often the ones who do this too. They should always remember that they are role models. You certainly are yourself, for knowing what is right and wrong! Have a great day, and thanks again for taking the time to write.

  2. Maurice Tudor says:

    Gary. absolutely and to add a third, is so many people think it is the norm to email with just a query message or something, without beginning with or ending with a name..Email etiquette has gone with the wind!

    • gman18 says:

      Maurice, I couldn’t agree with you more, and hopefully, people like you will cause those who are guilty of what you stated to change! Thank you for your great feedback. I really appreciate it.

      • Maurice Tudor says:

        Suggestion Gary. You or I should open a discussion on this subject through Writers Discussion group?

  3. gman18 says:

    Maurice, that is a very proactive and wise idea!

  4. Author Catherine Townsend-Lyon says:

    I TOO will say Thank You for your post.
    As you know the move from Oregon to Arizona was rough, but now that we entered a house with 5 people, and now us makes 7, it’s been very hard with 7 personalities in the house. We are all adjusting except for ONE! AND HE needs to really READ THIS POST! I don’t interact with him at all unless he directs it to me, and he has a few times, and talks down to me. SO…..the STRONG ITALIAN woman that I am,…….I give RIGHT BACK to him as I won’t be DIRESPECTED. AND of course he tries it when Tom is not around. The Drama he stirs is not healthy for my emotional disorders. I just ignore him most the time.

    I knew moving in here was not the BEST idea, but…..Tom has supported me in all I’ve been through, so I have to do the same here. ODAAT is all I can handle!
    Thanks for a Great Post Gary!! xxoo *Catherine* 🙂 “-0

  5. gman18 says:

    Thanks for your comments, Catherine, and if anyone can adapt to a new situation, it is definitely you!

    You have shown amazing ability to overcome any obstacle life has thrown at you, and I am proud to call you my friend.

    I am off to Providence, Rhode Island tomorrow for the National Recovery Day Rally, and hope you have a great weekend!

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