Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

Can Canada Teach the Rest of Us to Be Nicer?

“Life is hard enough, with plenty of jagged edges and pointy bits. Why not coat it with a glaze of politeness and humility?

Every August my family embarks on that great American ritual: the road trip. And we always head north. Canada may not be the most exotic of destinations, but sometimes, exotic is overrated. Canada tempts us with familiarity, blissfully cool weather and, most of all, a deep reservoir of niceness.

We experience Canadian nice as soon as we reach customs. The US border guards are gruff and all business. The Canadians, by contrast, are unfailingly polite.

The niceness continues for our entire trip, as we encounter nice waiters, nice hotel clerks, nice strangers.”

Read more @ http://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20150311-can-canada-teach-the-rest-of-us-to-be-nicer

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