Although it might not be true that people were more polite fifty years ago, than they are today but there are certain things about our busy, hectic, tech-filled lives that makes it easier to drop the ball, when it comes to being kind and showing some old-fashioned politeness. These charming gestures are quickly becoming a thing of the past as we rush around, bury our faces into our phones, and flake out on plans at the very last minute.
But there are ways to turn these habits around and be more polite, especially since the extra effort is always worth it. "Practicing polite gestures is a way to show respect for the people we encounter," etiquette expert Jacquelyn Youst, president of the Pennsylvania Academy of Protocol, tells Bustle. "When we hold a door, smile, and remember to say thank you for even the smallest gesture, it makes us feel good ... Engaging in polite behavior is a healthy way to maintain a positive attitude."
But politeness also helps us connect to people, which is more important now than ever. "Politeness boils down to connecting and respecting other people," Youst says. "Bringing back some gestures from the good old days isn't about going backwards in time. It's about showing people we care and are willing to invest time and energy into our relationships." Here are some tips from the experts on how to do just that.