Happy Pardon Day!

8 Sep


On this day in history, Gerald Ford pardoned Richard Nixon for his involvement in the Watergate scandal, and thus was born Pardon Day.  Today is a day for forgiveness (like Ford forgave Nixon) and politeness (like by saying “pardon me” when appropriate).  I’m particularly fond of the latter half of this holiday, and not just because it gave me an excuse to post a clip of Wayne’s World, but because I think politeness is becoming a lost art.  Part of me understands why this has occurred. It can be difficult to be polite in a world full of rude people without being pushed around.  But you can stand your ground and still remain courteous.  I did a google search trying to find a good guide to being polite.  But I wasn’t really happy with any of them.  So I decided to generate my own list.

Runswithatoms’ 5 Rules for Being Polite

  1. Say “please” when requesting something.
  2. Say “thank you” when you receive it.
  3. Say “excuse me” or “pardon me” when trying to get someone’s attention or when you need to push past someone.
  4. Apologize for things you do wrong.
  5. Check your attitude.  Even words like “please”, “thank you”, and “excuse me” become rude with the wrong tone of voice.
It’s that simple!  And without getting too high on my soapbox, I do want to point out that none of these rules say you have to give up what you want to appease others.  You can still hold your ground, and in fact, you may face more respect if you are polite while doing so.  Logic was my favorite unit in high school math class.  And this is the logic I have formulated.  People like polite people.  People respect people they like.  People want to be nice to people they like and respect.  Hence, being polite will get people to be nice to you. It’s a good thing, I swear.  Try it out.
Happy Pardon Day!

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