Good manners are at the heart of good health

Last Updated: Jun 08, 2011, 09:04 AM IST

London: People with good manners , whether at office or home, are more than twice likely to have a good health, a study has found.

Those who are tidy and organised are found to have better personal hygiene than more chaotic people, the Daily Express reported.

According to the study, well-mannered people tend to maintain better hygiene and take better care of their well-being and health. As a result, they suffer less from colds and cases of diarrhoea and are two-and-a-half times more likely to be in good health than those with poor manners.

Elderly people look after their health more than the young people and also have better manners, states the study conducted by Dettol and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

John Oxford, chairman of the Hygiene Council and professor of virology at Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, said: "Everyone can change their behaviour and help to break the chain of infection. Good manners are also at the heart of it - being aware and thinking how our behaviour affects us and those around us."

"We`re not powerless against infectious disease - everyone can contribute through simple hygiene measures such as washing our hands."

It also states the homemakers have the highest levels of personal and household hygiene, while office workers and students have the worst. Women also tend to be more hygienic than men.

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