An article at WikiHow titled, How to Have Good Manners begins as follows:
"Good Manners" display respect, care, and consideration. Everyone has a basic right to help another and feel positive about themselves and others around them.
It's common sense that people prefer a reasonable amount of respect. If you nurture plants, animals, or other humans, not only will they grow and bloom - but you will as well.
We each want to be treated with respect and kindness, yet we often forget to treat others the way we would like them to treat us. I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone say or read the words, "If I don't look out for myself, who else is going to do it!"
I'm hear to announce that I believe, from actual experience, that the opposite is true. The more I focus on showing respect, kindness, and concern for other people the happier I become. Truthfully, I have yet to find a happy individual who is "looking out for" themselves.
Have you ever read the Ten Commandments for Good Manners? I had not seen them before, but I am certainly thankful that my mother must have! LOL My favorites are numbers 8-10:
Which ones are your favorites? (Click on the link to read them all.)
One of my favorite quotes concerning manners is from Emily Post: "Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use."
And one more from Lillian Gish: "You can get through life with bad manners, but it's easier with good manners."
One last link, Manners International will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about etiquette and protocol.
Have a wonderful week preparing your family's Thanksgiving celebration, and remember it's not just about the food or the way the table is set . . . it's about the way we make the people around us feel positive about themselves.