"Don't judge a book by its cover."
While this idiom holds true for many things in our life, it is true for countries as well and in particular, France. Spend a week in this beautiful country and you will realise how mesmerising it is. The architecture, the scenery and even the people, will make you fall in love with the place. Talking about the people, the French not only have an impeccable taste in fashion, but the way they live their life with simplicity and panache is something we all should take inspiration from.
Here are 10 things that we all can learn from the French.
1. Always be polite.
It may sound strange to us Indians with the habit of getting into heated arguments in the middle of the road, but the French are some of the most polite people in the world. In fact, just one word is not enough to apologise; they use the entire phrase, Pardon, excusez moi (I’m so sorry).
2. Enjoying every bite of the meal you eat.
We have a bad habit of eating our lunch at our desks and dinner in our rooms. While we do the former to wrap up our work, the latter is just another excuse for us to catch our favourite shows on the telly. However, the French never do this. They know that there's a difference between having a meal and enjoying a meal.
3. Be who you are. Don't fake it.
Don't let fancy beauty products define who are you, no need to wear fake eyelashes and kilos of foundation. Take a cue from some of the most gorgeous ladies from France and embrace your true beauty. Use minimalistic make-up, and let your hair loose, you'll never regret it.
4. How to dress well for all occasions.
There is a difference between having the best clothes, and knowing when and how to use them. The right kind of jeans teamed up with a jacket or blazer works well, not only as your office attire but also for an evening out with your friends.
5. Being honest and frank, even if it is the bitter truth.
Some say that French are rude and they come across as high-headed people. However, the truth is, they really aren't. They speak what they think, without sugarcoating their words. Take a cue from them and just be yourself. It will not only make you feel better, but people will also appreciate you for being honest and truthful.
6. Do what you love, and follow your passions.
We've grown up following the "rat-race." Always opted to do the things that we've considered to be safe and which are acceptable by society. The French, well, they are different. For them, their passion takes importance over all other things. They treat each day as a new day and live it to the fullest.
7. Be mindful of your surroundings and the people around you.
The French language focusses more on monotones and low-pitch conversations. Which means that they don't have to make an effort to be polite, it comes naturally to them. Whether they are sitting in a cafe or in a busy market, you will never hear them talk loudly or disturbing others. We can take a cue from them and concentrate more on talking to the people with us, rather than telling the entire world what we are talking about.
8. Simple living as the way of life.
We want big cars and fancy houses because that is our definition of living lavishly. The French, well, they believe in simple living. For them, a small cosy three bedroom house is a good as a seven bedroom penthouse, and in many ways, even better.
9. Once in a while, take a walk.
When was the last time you went for a walk? And by that, I don't mean the walk from your car to your desk, I mean an actual walk. Well, you don't remember and frankly neither do I. But that's not at all the case with the French. Whether it's getting to work, running an errand or grabbing something from the supermarket, they just love to walk. Follow them and once in a while, ditch the wheels and head out for a stroll.
10. To focus on quality instead of quantity.
The French believe that self-maintenance is not only a way of impressing but also expressing. Therefore, they curate pieces based on their quality. A good, elegant perfume instead of over the counter deodorants; heavy, embellished fabrics instead of flimsy polyesters - quality is a trademark of the French culture.
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