Years before I had kids, I had heard of the expression that things are caught rather than taught.
I didn’t realise how much is caught until I experienced it for myself.
While it is relevant for kids, how relevant is it for everyone else we interact with?
If we are happy and chatty to the barista who is making our coffee, we encourage that behaviour in others.
If we let that person with 3 or 4 items cut in front of us at the supermarket, we are likely to encourage others to do it.
Likewise when we do something we know to be uncaring, unsocial or unfriendly.
If you are able to, the next time you do something, ask yourself how you would feel if society followed the example you are setting.