March 21 is National Common Courtesy Day. It got me thinking about how courteous Montanans are compared to people that live in other states.

What is common courtesy, you ask? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, common courtesy is defined as politeness that people can usually be expected to show. National Common Courtesy Day is a reminder to practice common courtesy and be kind to one another.

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Personally, I think Montanans are really nice people. Granted, a lot of residents are frustrated with the state's rapid rate of growth, but for the most part, Montanans practice common courtesy on a regular basis.

Common courtesy isn't complicated, in fact, it's pretty easy. It can be something as little as saying "thank you" when someone holds a door open for you. You can let someone merge in front of you in traffic. If there's a new person at your workplace, take the time to make them feel welcome and show them the ropes.

Common courtesy goes a long way and can make a big difference in making the world a better place. I understand that we're living in really strange times, but it doesn't take much to be kind to each other.

The National Day Calendar website has some great tips on how you can observe Common Courtesy Day.

  • If common courtesy is not part of your daily routine, make Common Courtesy Day your opportunity for change.
  • Start implementing courtesy into your life.
  • Try it; not only will other people appreciate it, but it will make you feel good as well.
  • Show your appreciation for the common courtesy you experience.
  • Use #CommonCourtesyDay to post on social media.

To learn more about National Common Courtesy Day, click here.

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