Next up on our countdown to a stress-free Christmas is tip 17: say please and thank you this festive season.

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Remember to say please and thank you

When a fellow shopper grabs the last ‘must have’ children’s toy from under your nose it can be hard to wish ‘goodwill to all’. When no one in the traffic jam will let you out of your parking space it becomes hard to wish them peace and joy.

Amidst the busyness of the season, we tend to forget our manners. Tempers fray and our propensity for rudeness increases.

please and thank you saves anger

‘Please’ becomes ‘I want that’ and ‘thanks’ is, at best, spoken in a clipped and sarcastic tone. With steam coming from our ears we end up being rude to friends, loved ones and complete strangers. And a lot of the time we do not even realise we are doing it.

This year why not commit to always saying please and thank you, in every situation. We will all have a more pleasant time if we mind our P’s and Q’s.

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