Definitions: (1) respectful of the basic human rights of others; (2) courteous and polite; mannerly; (3) proper behavior

Synonyms: affable, complaisant, obliging

• When you choose to be civil you are creating civilization.

• Although being civil oftentimes implies an attitude little more than a lack of rudeness, it also implies a willingness to be tolerant. This is the beginning of an acceptance of our unavoidable differences, and a practical step away from the negative toward the positive.

How to Live This Quality Today:
• Think before you speak.

• Give people the benefit of the doubt. Examine their motives and realize that even though they may be doing something you don’t like, they may have positive reasons in their minds.