Chivalry Isn't Dead: Modern Chivalrous Acts to Develop

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Ah, chivalry—it's something that has been around since medieval times, and something that many of us men have long since forgotten. But it's not dead, it's just been dormant! There are still plenty of ways to be a modern gentleman and display acts of chivalry. Whether you’re taking someone out on a date or just being a gentleman in everyday life, these acts of kindness will go a long way.

Chivalrous acts can be simple or extravagant, but they all have one thing in common: they show kindness to others. It's not about being overbearing or domineering, but rather a way to show respect, honor, and courtesy to those around you. Chivalry is about putting others first and ensuring everyone feels valued and appreciated. So if you want to be a modern-day knight in shining armor, read on. 

Top Acts of Modern Chivalry Every Gentleman Should Know

  1. Open the Door

Ah, nothing screams classic chivalry more than opening the door for anyone in need! Opening the door is not only a nice gesture, but it can also be a simple way to show respect and make someone’s day a bit brighter. 

When opening the door for someone, be sure to do so with a polite smile and an “after you” gesture. This is an important part of the gesture, as it shows the other person that you are willing to put their needs before your own.

In addition, be sure to open the door wide enough for the other person to pass through without any difficulty. If the door is heavy, offer to hold it open while they pass through.

Finally, if you are opening the door for someone who is elderly, disabled, or otherwise in need of assistance, take the extra step to help them pass through the door. Offer them your arm or take their arm and guide them through the doorway.

  1. Retrieve Dropped Items

When someone drops an item, the gentlemanly thing to do is step in and make sure that the person doesn’t have to bend over and retrieve it themselves. Whether it’s a pen, a phone, or a bag, scooping up the item and passing it back to the person is a kind gesture that will be appreciated.

In addition to retrieving dropped items, a gentleman should also be aware of their surroundings and be looking out for others. If you see someone struggling to carry a heavy bag or retrieve something from the ground, offer to help. Even if the person doesn’t accept your offer, they’ll still appreciate your offer and be touched by your thoughtfulness.

  1. Give Up Your Seat on Public Transportation

Whether you’re on a bus, train, or plane, it’s important to be aware of the needs of others and be willing to give up your seat if someone needs it more than you. For example, if you’re on a bus and you notice someone who looks like they’re having a hard time standing, it’s a nice gesture to offer them your seat.

This could be a pregnant woman, an elderly person, a person with a disability, or someone who just looks like they’ve had a long day. It may be uncomfortable for you to give up your seat, but it could make a world of difference to someone else.

  1. Get Out of Your Car When Picking Up Someone—Date, Family, or Friend

When picking up someone, whether a date, family member or friend, getting out of the car shows them that you’re taking the time to welcome them properly. It can also be a sign of respect, as it shows that you are willing to take the time to open the door and take the time to greet them in person.

It’s also important to remember that getting out of the car doesn’t necessarily mean that you need to be overly formal or polite. It can be as simple as offering a friendly smile, a handshake, or a brief hug. This can be especially important if you’re picking up someone for the first time and you want to make a good first impression.

  1. Introduce Your Date, Friend, or Acquaintance to People Properly

A gentleman should always introduce his date, friend, or acquaintance to others with respect and politeness. This means using their full name, and a description of their relationship to him. For example, “This is my friend, Jane Smith. We’ve known each other since high school.” This shows respect for both the person being introduced and the person being introduced to.

This shows respect and allows the other person to feel included in the conversation. It’s also important to give the other person a chance to introduce themselves and provide any additional information they may want to share.

The Bottom Line: Chivalry is for Everyone, and Not Exclusively Directed to the Ladies Only

Modern chivalry is not just about opening doors and pulling out chairs. In today's world, a true gentleman should strive to go the extra mile and show the utmost courtesy to those around him.

He is willing to learn and grow, and understands the importance of respecting everyone, regardless of gender. By following these principles, we can ensure that chivalry is alive and well in the modern world.

At Ella Bing Haberdashery, we believe that acts of chivalry are a great way to show respect for others and make the world a better place. We hope that our tips have been helpful and that you can incorporate them into your daily life! Explore more and see what else we have in store to enhance the lifestyle of a gentleman!