“In brain science, manners influence our happy neurotransmitters and allow for great personal connections,” Mikal-Flynn said. “From a biochemical basis, manners make a difference. It gives people a sense of security and pleasure.”
Arnof-Fenn credits her good manners to growing up in the southern United States—a region where old-fashioned pleasantries have managed to survive. But she insists you don’t have to be a Southern lady or gentleman to rise above the current standard.
“It is amazing how low the bar actually is today,” Arnof-Fenn said in an email. “Just getting back to someone by the end of the week, when that is what you committed to, can be considered good manners.”
“The way we treat each other is very crucial, otherwise we’ll be living in a chaotic world.” — Maryanne Parker
“People don’t realize that knowing how to behave and how to communicate is very beneficial,” Parker said. “The way we treat each other is very crucial, otherwise we’ll be living in a chaotic world.”
“If my phone goes off in the classroom, that’s rude, and everybody in the class will get five points,” she said. It’s hard to show respect to others around you if you’re constantly staring at your phone.