The foundation of proper etiquette is behavior that is accepted as gracious and polite in social, professional, and family situations. Good manners can mean the difference between success and failure in many aspects of life. Children who are taught good manners and to respect their parents take their lessons out into the world. Social etiquette involves how you behave out in the public, with friends and strangers, whether you are at someone’s home or in a restaurant. Here’s a handful of rules that can have a life changing impact when applied.
Say Please and Thank You
Hold the Door open for people
Step outside to answer the phone
Listen Intently-Look at the person speaking
No phones at the dinner table
Let someone go in front of you in line
Cough or Sneeze into your elbow
Be on time when meeting others
Be mindful of what you post on social media; especially if it’s posted off emotions
Curb your potty mouth
Don’t eat stinky food at work
Dress for the occasion
Follow rules when driving- use blinker, don’t speed, no road rage, be patient
Wash your hands after using restroom
Don’t leave shopping carts in the parking lot
Clean up after yourself
Choose your words wisely. Especially if reacting to a snide comment.
Push your chair in
Wait till everyone has their food to start eating
Remember table manners: napkin in lap, chew with mouth closed
Lead by example. Your kids will watch your every move.
Help someone who’s struggling. Whether reaching something on the top shelf or contributing in another way.
Thank Veterans for his/her service.
Provide food to grieving families, new neighbors, or busy parents.
Skip controversial or nosy topics at parties. Here to have fun not debate.
Apologize when necessary. Be the bigger person.