Saying "Bonjour" helps build relationships, makes you smile & is polite.
I've just finished reading French Children Don't Throw Food by Pamela Druckerman - it's a novel, come parent's handbook, come life-lessons journal.
I had a love-hate relationship with the book: loved the little lessons and loathed the fact that I'm profiled as an Anglophone parent (hovering mother) - which isn't great to the French!
However, some of the life lessons are great reminders of how we can be more effective human beings:
- Saying Bonjour (Hello!) with everyone you encounter helps you smile, build relationships and is genuinely polite.
- Exert authority in your voice, yet don't be an authoritarian. Useful for the Australian twang.
- Practise being Sage (Sah-je) - Be wise and stay calm: don't stress, be in control of life's dillemmas!
- Focus on having Equilibre (Eh-key-lee-bre) - Balance: Don't let one part of life overwhelm other parts.
- Set a Cadre (kah-druh) - firm limits for *children* but giving them tremendous freedom within those limits (*adults*!)
Being more conscious of these five lessons can only help us be more aware of our effectiveness and presence in society.