Mind your manners...

Posted by Valley Financial Group and Billy Wolfe Jr.

There's no denying it, the world is changing. Whether its advances in technology and modern science or the new clothing fad and catchy hit song, things are a lot different now then they were ten, twenty, thirty years ago. Depending on who you ask these changes are either phenomenal or disastrous, and the debate for both sides makes valid points.

There is, however, one change that people of all generations have noticed recently, and its one that pretty much everyone can agree is nearly entirely negative. From holding doors to saying your pleases and thank yous, people's manners just aren't what they used to be. When did it become shocking to hear someone excuse themselves or genuinely thank their server at a restaurant? Good manners have become the exception to the rule, when it feels like only yesterday they were expected of each and every one of us. Now don't think I'm writing this as a baby boomer reminiscing about the glory days, because I'm one of the many millennials (a term that has seemed to become derogatory recently) that many people associate this very issue with. Everyone can have their own theory about who's fault it is that manners have seemed to disappear from the norms of modern society, but at the end of the day it depends on each and every individual, regardless of age, to fix the issue.

There's just too many problems in our world right now to not do the easy things, stuff as simple as respecting your elders, cleaning your dish when you've finished a meal, bringing a little something when someone invites you to their home, and just using the simple, kind words "please" and "thank you" as much as you can. We can't be expecting the other guy to do it. It has to be us. Maybe it's not the most pressing problem in society right now, but its definitely the easiest to solve and one that I believe will have a large impact on the general life outlook of each and every person.

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