You probably don’t know it, but today is the inaugural, international Be a Gentleman Day.
It’s the brainchild of Peter Ryan, the founder of Today’s Gentleman. They’re a group of guys dedicated to proving that chivalry is not dead:
Today’s Gentleman (TG) is a site for all those that believe being a true Gentleman is as important now as at any time in history. TG holds that behaviors that used to be taught to young men need to be brought to life again. Those simple, courteous, and respectful behaviors, particularly in how men interact with women, seem to have been lost in today’s society.
Ryan created Be a Gentleman Day as a specific day for both men and women to reacquaint themselves with the courteous lifestyle:
This is a day to hold the door open for the next person, give up your seat for someone who needs it more, help someone in need, let the lane changer in, let the person with two items go in front of you in the supermarket queue, hold the lift, share a taxi, look around you and make the world a better place, one gentlemanly action at a time.
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