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Thursday, June 28, 2012

Everyday Etiquette

Etiquette means having the sensibility to consider other people first: how they feel, how they think, and how they might react to a situation. It starts with the simple use of a few magic words: “Please,” for asking favors; “Thank you,” for showing gratitude; “Excuse me,” for intruding nicely; and “I’m sorry,” for having done someone wrong. Just as there are magic words for everyday etiquette, there are inappropriate words that may come off rude: “Yeah,” “Nah,” “What?” and “Huh?” Mainly because it’s rude to give one-word replies. As much as possible always answer in a complete sentence.

As with tea, proper etiquette isn't just for socialites; it's for everyone to enjoy.

Another form of basic etiquette is the introduction. Men are always introduced to ladies, younger people are introduced to older ones, and lower ranking employees are introduced to higher-ranking officers. Also, don’t forget to say stand straight and part ways saying, “It was nice meeting you.”

When invited over a colleague’s house don’t enter without being asked to come in first. Don’t touch their belongings and always clean up after yourself, especially in the toilet. Don’t open refrigerators or drawers without permission and never give any negative feedback.

When socializing, use the first lesson you’ve learned, “Think before you act.” Don’t let anyone feel left out in the conversation, and don’t hog the spotlight. Let other people tell their stories too. Don’t butt into other people’s conversations. If you want to join a group you’ve never met, have your friend introduce you first.

Basic hygiene and grooming should be automatic and routine, but for those of you who don’t know, it’s rude to burp or pass gas in public. It’s also rude to leave the toilet un-flushed. Wash your hands before eating and after using the restroom. Remember your morning and evening regimen: shower, brush, and change clothes.

A proper person will never lash out because of anger. Control your emotions, don’t let them control you. Self-expression means to state your feelings, not give in to them. 

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