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THE “WHAT WHY & HOW” OF CONSIDERATION

From The Family Virtues Guide

WHAT IS CONSIDERATION?

Consideration is having regard for other people and their feelings. It is thinking about how your actions affect them and caring about how they feel.

Consideration is thoughtfulness. It is paying attention to what other people like and don’t like, then doing things that give them happiness.

Consideration is giving the same importance to others’ likes and dislikes as you do to your own. When you have different tastes, consideration means you don’t try and convince other people that they are wrong and you are right. You respect their feelings. Consideration is giving thought to the needs of others.

WHY PRACTICE CONSIDERATION?

When people behave selfishly and don’t practice consideration, it hurts other people’s feelings. When we are inconsiderate, other tend to be inconsiderate too. We might play our music so loud that it upsets people, or leave things lying around that can pose a danger.

Without consideration people get into arguments, because they feel their needs are being ignored. When you are considerate, things are more peaceful.

When you are considerate, people know that they are important to you because you consider them before you do things and check to make sure that things are all right afterward. When you practice consideration, others start to practice it as well. It’s contagious!

HOW DO YOU PRACTICE CONSIDERATION?

Consideration begins by noticing how your actions are affecting other people. You find out what they like and don’t like and then consider their feelings.

When you are considerate, you act as if others are just as important as you are. Consideration is asking yourself things like “Will this hurt or disturb someone else?” If the answer is yes, think of creative ways to do what you want and at the same time respect other people’s rights.

Walk quietly when someone is reading. Wait to ask a question if someone is busy. Arrange your schedule to have dinner with your family or to be there in time to feed your pets.

To be considerate, give some thought to what would bring others happiness. When you want to give someone a gift, think really carefully about what would please that person. If someone is ill, bring them a drink or cover him with a blanket. Give him some loving attention. If someone is sad, put yourself in his position and think about what you would need form a friend.

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