Groceries. Affiliates. Holiday Shopping.

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PREMIUM MEAT
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Omaha Steaks
6 – 8 oz Private Reserve Agnus Burgers
6 – 5.3 oz Delmonico Burgers

The Organic Meat Co.
The Organic Meat Co, Organic Grass-Feed Beef Burgers
4 Count, 16 oz (Frozen)


BARS
KIND
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KIND Breakfast Bars Variety
Breakfast Bars Variety 5 Flavors
(Dark Chocolate, Blueberry Almond, Honey Oat, Peanut Butter, Almond Butter)
12 Pack -Total of 24 Bars

KIND Healthy Grains Bars
Kind Healthy Grains Granola Bars, Double Chocolate Chunk, 15 ct./1.2 oz
KIND Healthy Grains Granola Bars, Variety Pack, Double Dark Chocolate, Cinnamon Oat, Maple Pumpkin Seeds with Sea Salt, 15 ct./1.2 oz
KIND Healthy Grains Bars Drizzled, Salted Caramel, Gluten Free, 40 ct./1.2 oz, (8 pack)

KIND Snacks Minis Variety Pack
Dark Chocolate Nuts & Sea Salt & Caramel, Almond, & Sea Salt, 32 ct./0.7 oz
Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate and Caramel Almond & Sea Salt bars, 36 ct./1.4 oz, gluten free
Milk Chocolate Almond and Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter, 36 ct./0.7 oz

KIND Nut Filled Bars
KIND Nut Filled Bars, Chocolate Peanut Butter, 32 ct/1.3 oz
KIND Nut Filled Bars, Creamy Peanut Butter, 32 ct/1.3 oz
KIND Nut Filled Bars, Honey Almond Butter, 32 ct/1.3 oz

KIND Healthy Grains Clusters
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, Strawberry, Gluten Free, 6 ct./11 oz bags
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters, Raspberry with Chia Seeds Granola,
Gluten Free, 6 ct./11 oz bags
KIND Healthy Grains Clusters 3 Flavor Variety Pack
3 Bags Total – Flavors Include Oats and Honey With Toasted Coconut, Dark Chocolate, Peanut Butter – Bonus Fun Facts and Recipe Booklet Included


That’s It
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That’s it Fruit Bars Snack Gift Box (20 Pack)
100% All Natural, Gluten-Free, Vegan, Low Carb Snacks
Healthy Fruit Snacks Bulk Variety Pack
(Strawberry, Mango, Blueberries, Cherries & Fig Bars)

That’s It. Fun Size Mini Fruit Bars Variety Pack (50 Pieces,10g Each)
With Apples + Bananas, Apples + Cranberries, Non-GMO
Paleo and Kosher Friendly, Gluten Free Breakfast Snacks


CANDY
M&M Candies
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M&M Candies: M&M’s Mint Dark Chocolate Candy,
M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate Candy, and M&M’s Fudge Brownie Chocolate Candy
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M&M’s Mint Dark Chocolate Candy
M&M’s Pretzel Chocolate Candy
M&M’S Fudge Brownie Chocolate Candy


DRINKS
Bolthouse
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Bolthouse Farms, Vanilla Chai Tea, 52 oz
Bolthouse Farms, Berry Boost Smoothie, 15.2 oz
Bolthouse Farms, Protein PLUS Chocolate, 15.2 oz

Ocean Spray
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Ocean Spray Cran-Energy Energy Juice Drink, Cranberry 6pk
Ocean Spray Cran-Energy Energy Juice Drink, Cranberry-Raspberry 6pk
Ocean Spray Pomegranate Energy Juice Drink, Cranberry-Pomegranate 6pk

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Hot Chocolate
Tea


SUPPLEMENTS
Amazing Grass
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Energizing Grape
Energizing Tropical
Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade
Hydrating Watermelon Lime
Superfood Berry
Superfood Lemon-Lime

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Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade
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Superfood Berry
Superfood Lemon-Lime

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Detox Orange Turmeric
Detox Lemon Charcoal
Energizing Grape – out of stock
Energizing Tropical
Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade
Hydrating Watermelon Lime
Superfood Berry
Superfood Lemon-Lime

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Vitamins
Multi-vitamins


GENERAL GROCERY
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Buns
Mrs Baird’s Hamburger Buns, 8 count, 12 oz

Mayo
Mayonnaise packets – buy in bulk
Hellmann’s Mayo, condiments bulk packets, 60 ct.

Tuna packets
Starkist tuna packets

Canned Vegetables
8 oz canned vegetables

Peanut butter
Individual peanut butters

Apples
Apples

Seasonings
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Amazing Grass Green Superfood Effervescent Tablets

Eat vegetables on-the-go with Green Superfood Effervescent Tablets. A healthy way to supplement nutrients and greens from vegetables with one serving per tablet.

Eating vegetables is important for overall health and a strong immune system. For those with a busy life, it is easy to skip eating vegetables and opt for what seems more satisfying and convenient. Consuming daily essential greens and vegetables is made simple with Amazing Grass Green Superfood Effervescent Tablets. Get 1 full serving of greens and veggies plus 100% of your daily value of Vitamins B1, B12, C, and E all in one tablet. The effervescent tablets are made with 30 antioxidant-rich superfoods, organic wheat grass, barley, and alfalfa. They are gluten-free, vegan, non-GMO, contain probiotics, and are vegetarian. Each flavor has 10 tablets in a capsule container with several flavors to choose from including energizing grape, energizing tropical, hydrating strawberry lemonade, hydrating watermelon and lime, superfood berry, superfood lemon-lime, and detox orange turmeric. Enjoy a flavored drink by putting one tablet into one 8 oz cup of water.

These unique blends help with energy boosts, hydration, detox, and beauty. The lemon-lime and berry flavors include a nutritious blend of a full serving of greens & veggies plus 100% DV Vitamins B1, B12, C, E. If you are needing an energy boost try the tropical flavor which has 100% of your DV of vitamins B1 & B12 along with caffeine energy. Stay hydrated with the strawberry lemonade and watermelon lime flavors. These include 1 full serving of greens & veggies plus hydrating electrolytes including Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium and Chloride and Vitamins B1 & B12. Lemon charcoal and orange turmeric flavors include a full serving of greens & veggies plus 7+ cleansing super foods to support elimination of toxins helping you detox. For beautiful skin, nails, and hair, the grapefruit and blueberry beauty flavors may be for you. Superfood Effervescent Tablets offers these two flavors which include a full serving of greens & veggies plus 100% DV Biotin, with an excellent source of Vitamins B1, B12, C & E to promote collagen synthesis.

Not sure which flavor to buy and want to try the powder instead? The Amazing Grass Green Superfood Variety Pack comes with 10 Flavors of Super Greens Powder to sample from including: the Original, Chocolate, Energy Lemon Lime, Detox & Digest Clean Greens, Alkalize and Detox, Antioxidant Berry, Energy Watermelon, Immunity Tangerine, and Pineapple Lemongrass Multi-Vitamin. Amazing Grass sells Green Superfood green powder, effervescent tablets, protein powder, smoothie boosters, and creamer!

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I recently found out about this product a year ago when I realized I wasn’t getting as many daily vegetables as I should. Not having a kitchen and being on a budget, I was looking for an affordable and convenient way to get greens and nutrients found in vegetables in addition to taking a multi-vitamin. Canned goods are inexpensive but can be messy and a hassle. I had previously tried two other vegetable drink mix supplements brands, but found myself choking on the powder residue floating in the water. I could barely swallow the powdered vegetable drink that had such an awful taste to it. No matter how healthy the drink mix was, it wasn’t worth it to me. Searching the market for an alternative, I discovered the Amazing Grass Green Superfood Effervescent Tablets. This product is so easy to use and travel with. It comes in a conveniently pocket-sized capsule container. I like the strawberry lemonade flavor which helps me stay hydrated. I drop an effervescent tablet into the water in my workout bottle and let it fizz then shake the bottle to make sure it mixes. That’s it! One serving of vegetables, extra hydration, and no messy cans, can-openers, or cooking. With a unit cost of approximately .70 cent per tablet, it is essentially the same price as a can of vegetables, if not cheaper, and filled with more nutritional value. I love fresh vegetables, but as a replacement on the go, the Superfood Effervescent Tablet is a find.


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Buy in Bulk of 6, choose from flavors (60 tablets)
Beauty Blueberry
Beauty Grapefruit
Detox Lemon Charcoal
Detox Orange Turmeric
Energizing Grape
Energizing Tropical
Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade
Hydrating Watermelon Lime
Superfood Berry
Superfood Lemon-Lime

Amazing Grass Green Superfoods Effervescent Tablets
Buy in Bulk of 3, choose from all flavors (30 tablets)
Beauty Blueberry
Beauty Grapefruit
Detox Lemon Charcoal
Detox Orange Turmeric
Energizing Grape
Energizing Tropical
Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade
Hydrating Watermelon Lime
Superfood Berry
Superfood Lemon-Lime

Amazing Grass Green Superfoods Effervescent Tablets
Buy Individually (10 tablets)
Detox Orange Turmeric
Detox Lemon Charcoal
Energizing Grape – out of stock
Energizing Tropical
Hydrating Strawberry Lemonade
Hydrating Watermelon Lime
Superfood Berry
Superfood Lemon-Lime

Amazing Grass Green Superfoods Powders Variety Pack
Try a sample of all of the Super Greens Powders! (10 packets)
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COVID-19 and Sporting Kindness

Gyms started re-opening a month ago in some areas of the country. Is it working out?

Taking steps to ensure cleanliness of the facilities and following social distancing recommendations has been a top priority of local gyms in Dallas-Fort Worth after being closed since mid-March due to the Coronavirus. Gyms have geared up with pre-cautions in place. As members enter the gym each person’s temperature is taken with a digital thermometer. At some locations, sports bags are required to be disinfected by wiping them down before entering the gym. Workout areas are available while lockers, showers, and workout classes still remain closed. The workout areas have limitations enforced for social distancing. Equipment such as weight equipment and cardio machines are available with every other station taped off to ensure space between those working out. Members must wear gloves while working out which is strictly enforced. Although masks have not been required since re-opening, they are now required starting this week as part of the next stage of re-opening. As part of this new phase, the gyms can be filled to 50% of capacity and gym classes are being re-introduced. Posted signs throughout the gym remind members of COVID-19 prevention policies to wipe down equipment using disinfectant spray after each use, maintain social distancing, and to wear gloves.

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How the Brain Learns

How the Brain Learns
Our brains construct skill patterns or schemas for everything we know how to do. As central to the human nervous system it weighs approximately three pounds, is about 1131 cubic centimeters in volume for females and 1274 cubic centimeters for males, with billions of neurons. Every human brain is unique in its ability and the way it learns. Although brains may differ slightly based on the dimensions of a person’s head, the size of a brain is not related to the intellect of a person. The way the brain receives new information, transfers information with its neurons, associates with previous knowledge already stored in the brain, and the frequency a person uses the brain all contribute to how the brain learns new information.

The Brain
The brain is a soft mass of tissue and nerves attached to the spinal cord. The cranium, which is part of the skull, covers the brain, protecting it by encasing it in a framework of bones. Cerebrospinal fluid flows around the brain and the spinal cord as lubrication and to prevent shock. Nerves from the brain are connected to areas of the body controlling mobility, personality, senses, and functions. The brain consists of three parts, the cerebrum, cerebellum, and brain stem. The cerebrum is the large outer part of brain which makes up 85% of the mass of the entire brain. It is divided in half with two hemispheres. The left and right hemispheres each control opposite sides of the body. The left controls the right side of the body and the right side of brain controls the left side of body. The cerebrum controls speech, emotions, movements, senses, short-term and long-term memory, language, learning, thinking, and reasoning. The cerebellum found at the bottom of the brain controls the body’s balance and coordination. The brain stem is the bottom of the brain which connects the cerebrum to the spinal cord. Besides being a connector to the human vertebrae, the stem of the brain controls the functions of the body such as breathing, movement of the eyes, blood pressure, and heartbeat.

The brain is divided with an upper and lower brain. The upper brain, or prefrontal cortex, controls the reflective part of the brain where learning, memory, and decision making occur. The lower brain controls the body’s functions both with its reactive and involuntary responses. It also triggers reactions to the body in emergency situations. The amygdalae serves as the communication between the upper and lower brain and directs information to where it belongs in the brain structure. When information is received to the brain, the amygdalae decides if it belongs in the upper brain or lower section of the brain.

Neurotransmitters such as dopamine, dendrites and axions help transfer information within the brain. When you are happy, dopamine is released in the brain causing positive feelings. As a neurotransmitter, dopamine brings pleasure and satisfaction. It can also increase drive or motivation. This is why learning is best while relaxed. Stress relievers such as laughter, listening to music, or having fun release dopamine causing the brain to receive information better and increases motivation and openness to learn. Having a positive mindset and noticing successes, helps with learning. Even if learning is challenging at times, recognizing small achievements along the way as stepping-stones can help show progress and increase motivation. Dopamine helps transmit positive energy to the neurons relaxing the brain and relieving stress making it easier to learn.

How the Brain Operates
The brain has billions of cells called neurons. As you learn, fibers, called dendrites and axions, grow from these neurons. Acting as neurotransmitters, dendrites and axions are extensions of neurons which send and receive information to and from other dendrites. The information is transmitted across a liquid area between the dendrites called a synapse. Dendrites continue to multiply from existing dendrites, creating more dendrites, as you learn.

At the beginning of the learning process, sensory information enters the brain filtered in by the reticular activating system (RAS) found in the lower part of the brain. The information is transmitted by synapses through pathways of neurons to an area for short-term memory. Here information is compared to previous knowledge stored in the brain and then travels through neural pathways to be stored in long-term memory. This happen instantaneously. Information is transmitted between neurons. If the neurons are familiar with interacting, information is passed along more easily. If it they are not, it may cause information to be forgotten or not remembered completely.

The brain continues to learn throughout the life-span of a person from the time of birth until the time of the death of brain cells. The ability for the brain to continue to develop a neural network responding to stimuli is called neuroplasticity. The more neural connections there are, the easier it is to learn and at a faster pace. The more times the brain is used for learning, the brain’s circuits become stronger making it easier for a person to learn.

How the Brain Learns
When you learn something new, sensory information is directed by the amygdala into the hippocampus. This information which is received is connected to prior knowledge already stored in the brain. The brain loves patterns. Use of patterns and repetition help connect the new information to what is already known and predict what is next. Using repeat patterns to remember will help retain information. Stimuli which use the senses for sight, sound, smell, touch, and hearing also helps with learning. New information remains in short-term memory until it is understood and applied. It is then stored in the long-term memory area of the brain.

Good Health
A healthy lifestyle helps with learning and keeping the brain working to its best ability. Taking care to get enough sleep, reduce stress, and eating healthy are all important  Eating healthy and drinking plenty of fluids is essential to caring for the brain. The brain uses 20% of the body’s oxygen and requires nutrients from a healthy diet and hydration to keep the brain functioning. Food which are high in anti-oxidants, caffeine, vitamin C and K, zinc, magnesium, copper, iron, and omega-3 help with brain development, keeping the mind sharp, assist with memory, transporting oxygen to the brain, and healing the brain. Nutrients also help prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Healthy Foods which Help the Brain Function and Learn
Some examples of food which are good for the brain and learning include: Fish which contain omega-3, such as salmon, have fatty acids that help keep blood vessels clear and nerves functioning at a high level. Omega-3 helps to keep the brain sharp and prevent Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson disease. Coffee and tea are also good for the brain as the caffeine causes the brain to be alert and helps with concentration. It also boosts serotonin which increases your mood. Coffee as well as blueberries and dark chocolate are high in anti-oxidants which keep oxygen flowing to the brain. Anti-oxidants fight stress, are anti-aging agents, and prevent disease. Nuts and eggs support memory and brain development. Broccoli, a good source of Vitamin K, helps with having good memory, protect the brain against damage, and builds sphingolipids, or fat found in brain cells. Oranges and strawberries are high in vitamin C help mental decline and fight off free radicals which damage brain cells. Nutrients found in vitamins and foods such as zinc, magnesium, copper, and iron are important for brain health. Pumpkin seeds contain all of these. These nutrients help with nerve signaling, prevention of disease, migraines, epilepsy, and depression. Turmeric is also good to help the brain heal itself and relieve stress.

Article written for Zealousness, Issue 15, Q1, 2020
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Rolling Out Rude. Rebutting Rudeness.

Flippant comments, rude gestures and actions, mudslinging, and other communication that can’t be humanely understood. Rudeness diminishes and demeans. It devalues the other person through intimidation, threatens, and humiliates. A person is unconsciously seeking control over another person by being rude. Instead of the ‘namaste’ of each person bowing to another person with dignity and respect, one person must ‘conquer’ over the other by making an impolite statement. 

Everyone encounters impoliteness throughout the day. It almost inevitable if people are going to interact with each other. We all have different personalities, backgrounds, and issues which affect our mood. Some people are more adept at controlling reactions and responses more than others. These words which spew out thoughtlessly, or in some cases, intentionally, can be very hurtful to the other party. In today’s culture, it has become acceptable to say whatever is on our mind, whereas in the past the social expectation was to uphold a higher standard of politeness. At a minimum you were expected to be cordial, but impolite rude statements were unthinkable. What we allow is what we make the culture of today and the future to be. Understanding rudeness and how to counter it makes for more civilized society.

There are two kinds of rudeness: focused rudeness and unfocused rudeness. Focused rudeness is rudeness which is targeted at another person and is mean-spirited. There is a deliberate intent of insulting another person and causing a loss for them. Examples of this can be interrupting, gossiping, or controlling a situation to create disadvantage. Unfocused rudeness is usually self-centered, lack of consideration for others such as talking loudly on a cell phone, taking up too much space when space is limited, or cutting in front of line. It is taking liberties without the consideration of the next person. Of course by human nature we are inclined to occasionally make thoughtless and unkind statements or do things which are inconsiderate. While these are impolite, usually they are corrected quickly by those with well-formed consciences, followed by an apology.

There are health effects associated with rudeness. Rudeness can cause unnecessary stress, cardiovascular disease, damage self-esteem, cause mental anguish, emotional problems, lower morale and make daily life and work difficult. Relationships are damaged with rudeness. Over the course of time relationships deteriorate with continual impoliteness which stem from bad manners.

Rudimentary Causes of Rudeness
Rudeness can be a result of internal and external factors. In today’s world, we live in a strangeropolis society. People are perfectly happy being self-absorbed on their cell phones and computers. It is not unusual to not interact with other people for an entire day or even more. People do not care to know other people in person, or even try, because we don’t have to. We are self-sufficient and any information we need can be obtained with technology. However, what technology doesn’t offer as well is the ability to feel the emotion of the person in front of you. Especially when it comes to differences, they are easier to work out in person. Expressions give away hurt feelings, and it is more probable that the rudeness will cease as a result. However, expressions are not 100% foolproof as a means to identify how someone feels. Hurt can be concealed and may silently build up with repeated rudeness.

It is easier to be rude to strangers because we do not really care about them or their lives. It is easier to be polite, if the person is known, as with friends or known acquaintances, because care exists. Human-to-human interactions are an essential part of the human existence. To live as a single is more common than ever before making connecting with people in society even more important. Individuals who live by themselves must connect together in ‘smaller-societies’ whether they are friendships, social groups, or communities. There is a starvation of humanity to be in isolation disconnected from in-person human interactions. We were not put here to connect with others only through our cell phones and computers. When we are in these social circles, we are forced to get along and meld our differences finding compromise or acceptance. It is easier to be polite to those we love and those in front of us, rather than to strangers and people we do not know.

For the cyber-inclined what better refuge than to hide behind the screen of the computer or cell phone. By becoming an avatar or an emoji, we can hide safely and communicate when we want and avoid conversations when we want. There also can be miscommunication in how we might really feel. Video communication may seem that we are instantly connected and are ‘there’ more than ever. However, there is a part of human dignity which is missing from this when it becomes the primary way to communicate. It is a subliminal rudeness when the value of ‘not being there in person’ takes precedent over real-time human presence. There is no replacement for people being face-to-face. Impoliteness is bred when we do not connect in person with people.

Along with communicating via technology, what is acceptable to speak about has metamorphosed. Verbal impoliteness is not being thoughtful with speech. In the past, society had a level of civility which was expected which is lacking today. In many cases, we can speak freely whatever is on our mind, with our opinions at the forefront. What we have to say trumps over any consideration of how it may affect the other person. Culture is much more casual and rudeness has become not just more acceptable, but the standard.

Of course we all have bad days. We have our lives and issues which arise which may cause us to become more easily frustrated with other people and are impolite. How we react is something to be mastered. Some resort to counting before speaking. Others quickly paint situations differently in their mind before responding more positively. Some people are naturally witty and are able to counter impoliteness with humor. Others just blurt out the truth and then tip toe back across the line of being polite again apologizing for their boldness in speech.

A lack of balance can cause rudeness. When a person’s needs are not met, it is fertile ground for impoliteness to sprout. Being sick, tired, or hungry can cause a person to be rude toward others. When we are loved and well nourished, it is much easier to be positive and polite. Being self-centered or being materialistic can also cause rudeness. This can include being too busy for other people, being self-absorbed in work, or viewing self-worth above all others. Rudeness can materialize also, if a person is consumed with materialism. The latest fad becomes more important. Being forgotten and less important, the other individual can become rude. Likewise, insecurities and injustices can cause rudeness because the human worth is not being met with the dignity that is deserved.

Responding to Rudeness
Making a call on intentionally rude people can be a challenging encounter. Depending on the situation, it may be best to say nothing. Silence and curt words can indicate the impoliteness as can expressions. This may be enough to deflate the attention the person is seeking. However, the clearest way to counter impoliteness, is to address it directly and concisely. The impolite person may not realize the effects of what they are saying. Some of the classiest ways to respond to rudeness are with clever, friendly comebacks, but not everyone has this talent. When you are caught off guard and do not know what to say, remember to be polite and gracious in your response. Never feed into the rudeness combating it with rudeness. This will only escalate incivility. Appreciate the fact that the other person is entitled to their own opinion, and acknowledge this, but point out that the rudeness was offensive and hurtful. Keep positive in your response and also optimistic of a positive change from the other person. 

Running from Rudeness
Perhaps you have had a run in with rudeness within your own personality and are interested in being more cultured with kindness and politeness. Jot down situations where you have been less than kind and reflect on how you would respond differently next time. Reflect on how you can make those situations right, if possible, and apologize to the person. Practicing compassion and empathy helps to foster politeness. When you try to understand another person’s situation from their point of view, you’ll find it is next to impossible to be as rude to them. Spend time with people who you have a tendency to be rude to. Get to know them and learn more about them. You may find out you did not have all the information you initially thought. Finally, it is easy to jump on-board with the popularity of gossip. Gossip will form ways of thinking with propaganda of what ‘should’ be believed. You may find yourself aligned with a popularity wave and have no idea how these opinions are rudeness to another or affecting their life. Go the extra mile by giving compliments and spreading a good word about other people to counter digression and foster politeness.

An ‘A’ in Apology
Apologies are gems at restoring relationships and honoring dignity. If you want to be more polite, first start with reflecting on how you may have hurt another person by being rude or insulting them. Then work on mastering sincerity in an apology. The steps to a successful apology are reflection, communication, contrition, and resolution. First reflect on how you were impolite. Communicate to the other person how you can understand of how your rudeness must have affected them. Tell them you are truly sorry with all contriteness, promising not to do it again. Then resolve sincerely to try hard not to do it again.

Rebutting rudeness and rolling in kindness is a call for a higher standard of civilized culture. Rudeness causes hurt feelings at a minimum. Humans find common ground by understanding the experience of another. With empathy, you can relate to what another person may be feeling or the situation they are going through. It is much harder to be rude when you can find care for another person. Interesting enough, the swing of the pendulum can continue to go to yet the other extreme. The Greek philosopher, Aesop once said ‘familiarity breeds contempt or acquaintances softens prejudices’. It is more difficult to be rude to a person who you know. It is easier to be rude to a stranger or someone you don’t understand. With greater familiarity, it becomes easier to take the relationship for granted which can result in the breakdown again of politeness. In all cases, the classiest method is to think of the other before self, stop the mud-slinging of impoliteness, and choose to be polite and kind instead.

—Clean Up Dallas with Culture and Kindness
Be Cultured. Be Kind.

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