Simple Courtesies: How to be a Kind Person in a Rude World

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Reader's Digest, 1998 - Golden rule. - 143 pages
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All too often, the stresses and strains of ordinary life push us to the brink of rudeness -- and sometimes beyond. We carelessly dismiss or ignore the needs of the people we love, put our own concerns first, and respond to negative events with quick and debilitating anger. "Simple Courtesies" presents the perfect antidote: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Illuminating the universality of the Golden Rule through examples drawn from real-life situations, this book will guide you to a more productive, loving, and moral way of life.

Janet Gallant describes how to weave the spirit of the Golden Rule into your relationships with family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers. For example, if you're tempted to skip a call or visit to an aging parent, simply ask youself how you'd like to be treated by your own children when they are adults. When a friend needs your comfort during difficult times -- or asks for your support in making a decision -- be the kind of friend you'd like to have.

Following the Golden Rule will help mitigate the frustrations of modern life -- from coping with long lines when you hve little time to dealing with rude clerks to understanding viewpoints of workplace colleagues whose opinions differ from your own. Using the rule as a simple "course corrector" will not only help you gain control over your own behavior and make you feel better, but will encourage others to follow your example.

Whether you are trying to survive the ups and downs of today's fast-paced world or need help in getting through a crisis, "Simple Courtesies" is a source of comfort and inspiration and a practical guide to acting calmly and confidently, whileachieving results that enhance your life and the lives of those around you.

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Gallant is an educator and writer specializing in health, disability, and family issues. She is also a faculty member at Montgomery College in Rockville, Maryland.

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