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The Emotional and Physical Effects of Being Thankful by Juan Sepúlveda Imagine this: You are approaching the door of a business and notice that someone is walking in close proximity behind you. You recognize that they are going to enter the establishment as well; therefore, you politely hold open the door to let them in before you. Now, imagine that as the people are entering the building they don't say "thank you" or even acknowledge your kind gesture. How would that make you feel? I would venture to say that the rude behavior from that person walking into the building...

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The Ripple Effect of Being a Gentleman 3 Tips for Changing Society by Juan Sepúlveda If you found the Gentlemen's Brotherhood, perhaps you agree with me that manners are not as common as they once were. And if you're a man of action, maybe you want to see change happen in society. But, where do you even start? If you really want to make a change in society, what can you do? I like to think of change in society as the ripples effect of throwing a stone in a pond. The ripples begin just as a single point, but...

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Having the difficult conversations Can we act as gentlemen while discussing volatile subjects like religion and politics? I recently attended a Podcast & Blog Industry meetup, about three and a half hours away from my hometown. My friend and colleague Bryan Orr, from Podcast Movement Sessions, offered to drive us there. During our drive, we engaged in deep conversations dealing with subjects as sensitive as politics, religion, and racism. Needless to say, we didn't agree on all aspects of these topics, but nevertheless, we engaged in those discussions in a civil and courteous manner. Never did we ever allow our...

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The Pleasure of The Open Door by Michael Nunes Is there anything more frustrating than opening a door for someone and have that person sail past you without so much as a nod? I know that it makes me feel frustrated and ignored, as though I were only the doorman, and not worthy of recognition. I grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa, during the long decades of apartheid. There was much wrong with the governing regime, which oppressed a great many people. Yet, within the crushing cruelty and injustice of those years, there were some small glimmers of decency. The...

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by Juan Sepulveda Yesterday, I visited a popular retailer to pick up a few items. After paying for my selections, I realized that I had a rather long drive home and should visit the restroom before leaving. I didn't want to bring my items into the restroom, so I approached one of the employees behind a cash register and asked "may I leave this here while I go to the restroom?" With an unpleasant tone, his reply was "Ok, but I am not responsible if someone takes something from it". I wasn't about to engage in a discussion with this...

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