Sunday discussion: Politeness

I may read the book referenced in this article. (gleaned from my flist)

I became intrigued by the role of politeness in close relationships after watching a number of couples  who,  after some years of marriage, are reduced to barking commands at one another and squabbling over minutia every day.  Even in the closest of relationships, I have come to believe there’s a real value in taking the momentary effort to be polite.

However, I don’t know if I agree that saying “Please” and “Thank You” equates to insincerity.  There’s a school of thought that says that remembering to say “Thank you” actually reminds you that you are, indeed, thankful in some small way.

What do y’all think?

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