Manners are external expressions of man's inner nature. The likes, dislikes, tastes, feelings, temper and environments which man lives in are shown by his manners. Good manners are the mark of civility, decency and mutual accord. For man, to live in the society, it becomes essential that he must have those qualities which are acceptable to other members of the society. In every society certain practices come to be accepted as good manners.
Good manners arise from a sense of courtesies. All genuine courtesy arises from sincerity of heart. The artificial rules of politeness and polish amount to snobbery cannot be dispensed with truthfulness.
Without genuineness life loses much of its freshness. The courtesy is kindness and considerate feeling towards others. It seeks to contribute to the happiness of others. Politeness, however does not mean weakness or timidity. It is expected of a good natured man to be patient and tolerant to follies of others. Contradictions often create bitterness and impair kindly relations. A man of good manners does not parade nor boast of his rank and achievements. He exhibits his character in performing rather than boasting. Such man’s conduct and behavior becomes easy, free and spontaneous. He irradiates such an atmosphere of good temper and kindliness that he becomes an objective lesson to others in natural courtesy and good manners.
A cheerful person brings sunshine even in the gloomiest atmosphere. His conciliatory speech and good humoured bearing lends gaiety to all around him. Everyday civilities of behaviour sweeten the general air. Manners are not born within us, they have to be learned and acquired. A child must learn to be obedient to elders, to be fair in treating his equals and respectful to visitors of the house. Parents in this respect should not pamper their children unreasonably.
Good manners are ornament of gentleman. They are necessary for success and popularity in life.