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People everywhere are facing a worldwide, growing epidemic of incivility. Our workplaces, our schools, our cities and towns, our news and even our entertainment is infected with rudeness, bullying and mean-spirited incivility. Something has to change and IT STARTS WITH EACH OF US!

Please take a moment to read "If there was a penalty for being rude . . . "

Uncivil  behaviors are extremely contagious, and over time can infect a family, an organization, a school, a city and even an entire country. But, just as rude and uncivil behaviors beget more rudeness and incivility, your kind, considerate and civil behaviors will bring about more kindness and civility!

Each of us has the power to turn this problem around . . . and we CAN do it one person at a time.


Will you take the Civility Pledge?

Here's what you need to do:

1. Sign this petition.

2. Choose one or two behaviors from the list below and promise to make them a habit.

3. When you make the suggested changes, watch how your positive behaviors go “viral” and "infect" others in a positive way.

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* Please note: Many Change.org petitions promote a "tangible" end result such as passing a law. While we applaud those worthwhile efforts, the power of this petition lies with each of us.  By signing our petition and taking the pledge, you'll join a grassroots movement to restore civility to our workplaces, schools, families and public discourse -- by influencing one person at a time! Thank you!

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Here are some behaviors you can commit to doing:

- Listen. Really listen to others when they speak to you.

- Recognize when you are in a bad mood (for whatever reason) and choose behaviors that do NOT negatively impact those around you. For example, refrain from being short-tempered with a co-worker because you are upset about a fight you had with your spouse.  The two are not related.

- Pipe down! If you are the loudest person in the room, you can be sure no one is really listening to you.

- Give up trying to be “right” all the time. If you’re always right, you’re doing something wrong. Try to separate your knowledge from your opinions. Allow others to have their own beliefs and opinions. 

- Bite your tongue. Avoid insulting, criticizing, judging or nit-picking your children, your spouse, your co-workers and complete strangers!

- Acknowledge your mistakes. Admit when you are wrong.

- Say please and thank you, as needed. Sounds simple, but it’s a common courtesy seems to have fallen out of fashion.

- Apologize if you offend someone.

- Get off your cell phone in public places, and stop texting when you are in a room with real people.

- Give up your seat on the bus to someone who needs it more than you.

- Help someone who needs help, just because it’s the right thing to do. Don’t expect anything in return.

- Be more patient with people, traffic, long lines and while waiting on hold. Becoming angry or annoyed won’t make things move any faster.

- Forgive.

- Treat everyone kindly and fairly, not because they are nice, but because you are.

Letter to
All of Mankind
By signing the following petition, I took a pledge to Embrace Civility and become part of a grassroots movement to make the world a kinder place . . . one person at a time.

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Embrace Civility

We are facing a worldwide, growing epidemic of incivility and SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE! Our workplaces, our schools, our cities and towns, our news and even our entertainment is infected with rudeness, bullying and mean-spirited incivility.

Each of us has the power to turn this problem around . . . and we can do it one person at a time. Will you take the pledge?
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Sincerely,