Don’t Be Embarrassed, I’ts Called Manners

Have You Ever Heard About The Courtesy Test?

You can see it all around you, people who just have no manners, for (a dramatic) example men not holding the door open for a lady or a child not saying please and thank you to their parents after receiving something etc. I’m not saying that everyone has no manners but it is a common problem all over the world.

Just like Juanna Lumley, I get very emotional when I see someone showing an act of kindness and consideration for/to someone else, for example when the bus driver pulls over when they spot someone struggling to run after it or someone offers to give someone a hand with heavy shopping. (Yes, I admit  it’s a bit dramatic 🙂 but it’s necessary 😉 ) We both agree that it is very attractive for a man to be a gentleman. (According to an interview that she did this week with Stylist magazine- Queen of Everything.)My 'Thinking Face'

Do people think that it’s uncool or embarrassing to be polite? Sometimes it seems that people think it’s cool to ignore someone in their time of need. Sometimes it’s not always about people, it could be our carelessness to look after the earth. For example not putting your rubbish in the bin or leaving the street sweepers to clean up after us. It makes pour world look very dirty and it’s not nice for anyone who is really fond of nature or the earth itself.

Anyway a test was done around the world by RD (Readers Digest Magazine). They sent out undercover reporters to the biggest cities in 35 different countries where the magazine was published. They said that Paris was so upset at the lack of help with picking up papers-which was one of the tests RD did- that they thought about abandoning the survey.

Here are the all important results

World of Courtesy

  • New York- USA 80%
  • Zurich- Switzerland 77%
  • Toronto- Canada 70%
  • Berlin- Germany 68%
  • Sao Paulo– Brazil 68%
  • Zagreb- Croatia 68%
  • Auckland- New Zealand 67%
  • Warsaw- Poland 67%
  • Mexico City- Mexico 65%
  • Stockholm- Sweden 63%
  • Budapest- Hungary 60%
  • Madrid- Spain 60%
  • Prague- Czech Republic 60%
  • Vienna- Austria 60%
  • Buenos Aires- Argentina 57%
  • Johannesburg- South Africa 57%
  • Lisbon- Portugal 57%
  • London- United Kingdom 57%
  • Paris- France 57%
  • Amsterdam- Netherlands 57%
  • Helsinki- Finland 48%
  • Manila- Philippines 48%
  • Milan- Italy 47%
  • Sydney- Australia 47%
  • Bangkok- Thailand 45%
  • Hong Kong 45%
  • Ljubljana- Slovenia 43%
  • Jakarta- Indonesia 43%
  • Taipei- Taiwan 43%
  • Moscow- Russia 42%
  • Singapore 42%
  • Seoul- South Korea 40%
  • Kuala Lumpur- Malaysia 37%
  • Bucharest- Romania 35%
  • Mumbai- India 32%

Now this test was taken in July 2006 but the results are still shocking. I bet if they were to do another test today it wouldn’t have changed dramatically.

I think that we have a serious problem here. I know that England isn’t doing too badly with just over half of us that passed with flying colours. That doesn’t mean that anyone is outright rude but maybe we forget that our actions always have consequences. It isn’t something that we should be too guilty or embarrassed about. Sometimes I might say something that someone might take differently than how I actually meant it. Everyone is going to make mistakes, but if this is an ever day thing, then it’s a problem.

Do you think that we are lacking in manners as a country? Please leave you r comments bellow.


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