Did you know September is National Courtesy Month?
By Member Joyce Shry
September 3, 2020

Good manners and common courtesy are absolutely necessary for a respectful community. Since September is National Courtesy Month, be mindful of the way you communicate and interact with others. It doesn't take much effort to be kind and respectful to others. When you show a little courtesy you'll be amazed by the positive energy you'll receive from others.

National Courtesy Month is the time to reflect on personal behavior and the treatment of others. With lifestyles that are only growing increasingly busy, it's often difficult to take a step back and think about the importance of each and every member of society.

Maintaining a positive attitude and being friendly is essential to being courteous and respectful to those around us. National Courtesy Month is great for starting the discussion on respect and manners.

Some politeness reminders and ways to raise the bar on being kind to others:

1. Always say “please” and “thank you.”
2. Greet others with a smile. Say “hello.” And “goodbye.”
3. Be a good listener. Don’t interrupt!
4. Dress appropriately for the occasion.
5. Wait your turn. Patience really is a virtue.
6. Practice your mobile manners.
7. Leave things better than you found them.
8. Recognize – and show gratitude – to others.
9. If you have to leave the dinner table, excuse yourself.
10. Give at least 3 compliments a day.

And if you need any more reasons to brush up on being a little kinder, studies have shown that being “nice” to others is actually really good for you. If you are one who likes to smile and being kind, then volunteering with Frederick County Volunteer Fire and Rescue is for you.

Happy National Courtesy Month!


Andrea September 22, 2020 at 10:45 AM
I think this is a great explanation of why being polite and kind is so important in today's world. No matter what your occupation is, being mindful of how we interact with our fellow human beings is key. Thanks for the post!

Gear Up Fire Rescue September 24, 2020 at 9:19 AM
Thank you for your comment.