Being a gentleman revolves around one word: respect. It’s respect for yourself, those you care about, and those you want to care about. Being a gentleman isn't a temporary thing, it's a lifestyle and you've got to be one forever.
Below are some tips to become a gentleman that will always help you enhance your life.
1) Keep Care of Your Hygiene
Hygiene is an important aspect of everyone, thus it has to be taken care of. Keep yourself clean, tidy, groomed and talk baths regularly. No one likes untidy men, that's why you've go to do whatever it takes to be clean and different than others in keeping care of your hygiene. Also keep in mind to brush and keep your mouth clean to maintain a good environment. Many people get annoyed and disgusted because of bad throat smell of others.
2) Act Mature
Mature people are always given more attention and appreciation. Maturity doesn't just comes from growing up, you can become mature even if you're a kid or younger than others. I bet you have seen kids that are more mature and responsible than most grown up people you know. Most women like mature people. Becoming mature doesn't mean to be serious at all times or to be very formal, rather it means a mixture of everything but in a better and disciplined way.
3) Don't Use Harsh or Abusive Words
Even though it is a difficult thing nowadays not to use an abusive word once a day but avoid using these words with others or in a group of people. Unfortunately, with the advancement of easy solutions, some frustrating things have also led us to use abusive words and get angry quickly. But still we have got to tackle them and use them as less as possible. People define you from the things you say, so make it worth it and stop using harsh words. Be kind and gentle, for every person you meet is fighting a war with themselves.
4) Be Helpful to Everyone
Being helpful to family and friends is a great thing to do but don't forget strangers too. Be kind to them and greet them every time you walk past them.Being approachable is one of the best ways to open yourself to new people. Every time while approaching a door, if you see a women, elder or anyone approaching towards the door too, open it for them and let them go first. This will proof your gentleman qualities. Never feel annoyed whenever a stranger approaches you to ask any advice or suggestion from you. Maybe your kind gesture can make their day. Everyone is meant to be respected and thus you have to respect everyone.
5) Always Return a Favor
It’s all about the little things, both at work and at home. If a co-worker helped you setup a killer presentation, help them with their annual report. Always make sure you’re helping enhance the lives of those you care about. If you can't afford an expensive gift, no problem, even a small smile from your side can be a perfect thing.Always thing about what you can do for others.
6) Be yourself
Be a genuine version of yourself and don't copy others. Maybe you can learn good things from others but completely copying someone is just like living a fake life. Being at ease with who you are is the sign of a true gentleman. Gentlemen don’t lie or mislead – they’re as comfortable with themselves as they want you to be. Fake people never make it to their destiny and they can't enjoy everything with contentment. Stay satisfied with what you do but make sure that it is the right thing to do. Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.
7) Be Patient
Never worry about your current situation or don't get impatient to receive your reward. If you work hard, it is impossible not to get a reward.If you hate something you're going through, don't panic, just find a solution instead. For instance if you are invited to a party and if you don't like the food there, then don't just act like you hate it, instead give a compliment and make their day. A gentleman is simply a patient wolf and yet has to be patient in every possible circumstances.
8) Be Happy
Never dwell on the past and think of the future instead. Never stop improving yourself and don't compare yourself to other people, in this way you will never get happy. Never expect anything from anyone because once your expectation isn't fulfilled, you will certainly get sad and it will lead you to sorrow. Forgive quickly and forget what bad stuff others did. In this way you will feel tranquility and peace of mind. Don't care for others' approval or validation.
This article was inspired from some articles from Lifehack.org