Watch your Manners for Good Health

Updated at: Oct 21, 2011
Watch your Manners for Good Health

Sports and Fitness - New study reports that good manners lead to better health. Having good manners may no longer be just for good etiquette as the new research has linked it to good health.

Vatsal Anand
LatestWritten by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Jun 08, 2011

Manners for good health

You are more than twice as likely to be healthy by having good manners at home and work. New research on good habits has found the people who have good manners tend to have better hygiene around them. The study was carried out by Dettol and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. The comprehensive study examined the behaviour of all age groups to base their conclusions on issues like food and hand hygiene.


The research findings are that older people are more concerned about their health and also have better manners than young people. The study conducted also drew comparisons between homemakers, office workers and students. It was found that homemakers keep the best level of hygiene compared to office workers and students. Between men and women, the latter were found to keep better hygiene.


The research went on to add that better hygiene leads to better health. Chances of colds, diarrhoea and other infectious diseases are considerably lesser in people who have good manners. John Oxford, the chairman of the Hygiene Council who also acts as a professor of virology at Barts and The London School of Medicine and Dentistry said that anyone can break the chain of infection by good manners. People just need to be conscious that their behaviour affects their health and that of other people surrounding them. Good manners should a part of fitness tips along with being a behavioural etiquette.


He further added, "We're not powerless against infectious disease – everyone can contribute through simple hygiene measures such as washing our hands." This research should encourage people to adopt good manners not only for trying to be a gentlemen or ladylike but simply to avoid the suffering from infectious diseases.




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