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Etiquette is an information system that depends on knowing who and what comes first. With this information, the back and forth of human interaction is put into play.
Tolerance involves the recognition that just as you want to be treated decently, others also want the same treatment.
Women doctors have earned their title. Yet, there remains a double standard when it comes to addressing them with the appropriate honorific.
The best way to avoid dining faux pas is to remain mindful of others at your table. However, as with any occasion involving humans, orderliness is dependent on the behavior of each individual.
There are many factors that can affect work productivity and employee morale. One of the biggest culprits is office gossip.
Etiquette asks us to show interest in others - to show curiosity. But curiosity with some sense of sympathy can negatively affect your interactions with others.
The phrase “Just kidding” is many times preceded by an insult of some type. Even when it isn’t, you may leave people wondering if it was.
When you take things personally, you head in the direction of a negative reaction. Rather than let someone affect you this way, try these strategies to offset your self-talk from the start.
You feel gratitude when someone extends an intentional good act toward you, leading you to extend a good act back to that person. This is reciprocity in action.
A definition of etiquette includes the ways we show up in our behaviors. At its core are the principles of good manners: respect, courtesy, tact, restraint, self-command, and responsibility.
A compliment on jewelry is meaningful. When a person chooses to accessorize with jewelry, they have privately, and perhaps subconsciously, made a decision about what complements their style.
“Adulting” means conducting yourself as an adult when you're on the verge of becoming an adult. But there is a difference between an adult-in-progress and someone who "adults" once in a while.
Entertaining at a restaurant calls for attention to detail, so the “pre-work” is important. No matter the occasion, these fourteen considerations will make your restaurant dinner party a success!
Is the term “lady” and the traditions that go along with it becoming obsolete? I hope not, as some of the strongest, most respectable people I know are ladies.
Receiving a gift is always a special occasion. Except when it's an unwanted gift. What does a polite person do when faced with this conundrum?
Your appearance in a courtroom or house of government calls for proper dress. What you wear signals the importance of the occasion and expresses your attitude and confidence.
Before you ask for a raise, you must be prepared to prove you should have one. It’s a stage set for nervousness. Regardless, you aim to be respectful, courteous, and maintain your dignity.
We all have experiences testifying to the anxiety Saturday shopping can cause. But even this occasion can be made less stressful when everyone observes parking lot etiquette.
Whenever you think you deserve a “yes” and are told “no” you probably shift into the attitude of, “Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer!” Why is accepting “no” such a difficult thing to do?
You view yourself as a kind, forgiving person and you hope to always be so. But something has happened, an apology was owed and has been given, yet you can’t bring yourself to forgive the person or the situation.