• A Call for Civility

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    What will you do to foster civility in your life?


    February is associated with love and romance. But why limit the nice things we do to just one special person or one day?  


    Let's use this month as a catalyst to encourage civility and kindness throughout the year.


    “Civility is based on three Rs: Respect, Restraint and Responsibility.”

    P.M. Forni, Ph.D.




    1. Pay attention

    2. Acknowledge others

    3. Think the best

    4. Listen

    5. Be inclusive

    6. Speak kindly

    7. Don’t speak ill

    8. Accept and give praise

    9. Respect even a subtle “No”

    10. Respect others’ opinions

    11. Mind your body

    12. Be agreeable

    13. Keep it down (rediscover silence)

    14. Respect others people’s time

    15. Respect other people’s space

    16. Apologize earnestly

    17. Assert yourself

    18. Avoid personal questions

    19. Care for your guests

    20. Be a considerate guest

    21. Think twice before asking favors

    22. Refrain from idle complaints

    23. Accept and give constructive criticism

    24. Respect the environment and be gentle to animals

    25. Don’t shift responsibility and blame


    *Choosing Civility – The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by Dr. P.M. Forni (2002 St. Martin’s Griffin). Dr. Forni is a professor of Italian Literature at Johns Hopkins University and co-founder of the Johns Hopkins Civility Project.



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