Importance of Good-Manners
A person can be judged from his manners and behavior. Good manners are learnt and they do not come naturally. If good manners are not taught to children from childhood, they will not learn how to behave politely when they grow. They would be rough and bad mannered individuals. Good manners are regarded as the first mark of moral background. It shows the quality of person’s upbringing.
Just as salt adds taste to the food, good manners help in adding goodness in life. A person being well-mannered, respectful, gentle, kind and caring towards others is said to have good manners. People possessing these qualities are humble to their seniors, courteous to their equals and sympathetic towards their juniors. Good manners also include using certain words such as ‘please’, `sorry’ and Thank you’. A good mannered person neither behaves arrogantly nor uses bad language. He always speaks to his elders with respect and honour.
A good mannered person is always ready to offer his help. Offering our seat to old and disable person in a bus or a train shows good manners. This will also display our family values in which we are born and brought up. Sneezing without covering the mouth and nose with handkerchief should never be done in public. Yawning without covering the mouth with hand shows bad manners.
Children are trained with good manners by their parents at home and by teachers in school. Manners learnt in childhood usually continue with the person throughout the life. It is believed that good manners can win us many friends. However, good manners differ from country to country and from culture to culture. English people believe that taking one’s hat off in a church or while meeting known people in the street is a mark of respect. On the other hand, in India it is considered polite to keep one’s hat on and discourteous to take it off.
Ill-mannered and bad tempered person is impolite and rude. He does not care about others around him and is always in search of fulfilling his own selfish needs. He is always hated by others and remains unhappy and displeased. However, a good mannered individual always obeys and listens to his elders. He follows their instructions and advice. Such person is rewarded with a lot of happiness.
Daily practice helps in learning good manners that are necessary for successful life. Children who are helpful, loving, kind and well behaved are asset to society. As they grow, they turn out to be ideal citizens of the nation.