Social Etiquette. Have we forgotten?

posted by Scott Miller - 

I'm over 6' 2" and it seems my life role has always been to reach things on the top shelf at the Grocery store for 4' 9" little old ladies.

I don't mid.  It's a simple courteous thing to do and it always sparks a thank you and a fun conversation. But I'm hearing the thank you less and less these days. Are we losing our social etiquette skills?

The magazine "Country Living" posted a list of 50 social etiquette rules we don't pay enough attention to these days.  We took 20 of the best ones, and broke them down into five categories . . .

1.  Classic Things People Used To Do: 


. . . Always say please and thank you.


. . . Hold the door for people.


. . . Try HARD to be on time. 


. . . Send handwritten thank-you notes. 


. . . And bring food to people, like when there's a new neighbor or someone passes away.



2.  Phone Etiquette: 


. . . Step away to answer a call.


. . . Look at someone when they're talking to you, not your phone. 


. . . Mute your ringtone when you're at a movie, or anywhere else it might annoy people. 


. . . And return phone calls as soon as possible.



3.  When You're Out in Public: 


. . . Wear decent clothes, not pajama bottoms. 


. . . Don't swear, especially around kids. 


. . . Always use your turn signal while driving. 


. . . And wait for people to get OUT of an elevator or subway car before you get in.



4.  For Parties and Events: 


. . . Always RSVP right away. 


. . . Ask before you bring a guest. 


. . . Always show up with a gift, like a bottle of wine or an appetizer.


. . . And avoid controversial topics, like politics or religion.



5.  Meal Etiquette: 


. . . Wait until everyone has their food before you start eating. 


. . . Have good table manners, like putting a napkin on your lap and chewing with your mouth closed.


. . . And always push your chair in when you leave the table. 



(Country Living)


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