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Even while socially distanced, there is still optimism among the fear and skepticism. It is this optimism that propels us to be recognizably respectful.
For most of us confined at home, family roles have changed drastically and feel weird. But there are etiquette tools to employ before tensions rise too high.
Shaking hands is the most common greeting and gesture of good will. But how do you greet people and welcome conversation while mindful of health concerns?
It’s human nature to feel hurt, angry and even a bit betrayed when someone lets you down. But despite these feelings, consider your emotions and keep control.
Napkins are an important tool on any table. More than a a piece of fabric, they prevent spill mishaps and serve as a signaling tool for hosts.
Americans eat using a four-step method, while other countries use two-steps. We Americans love our individualism, but why the difference in dining styles?
Low morale makes you feel alone and isolated, even among a group of people. Regardless of the situation, there are ways to work through it, or even overcome it.
We all face moments of being unsure of ourselves. Feeling inadequate or "not good enough" comes with the territory of being human.
While many left-handed people have a unique style for performing certain tasks, there are etiquette practices for blending in.
As opposed to the things we never do while sharing a meal with others, there are things we should always do. Practice these at your next dinner party.
Whether your table manners are sophisticated or a little rough around the edges, there are some things you should simply never do when dining. Do you know what they are?
Posted rules for public transit generally apply to safety and times of operation. But there are rules which are not posted: the etiquette rules left entirely to the individual for compliance.
When you have a loved one suffering from disease, injury, or other condition, how should you receive and respond to the health information shared with you?
Some people reach their limit with online busyness and decide to go off social media. Fortunately, there are methods for disengaging while keeping connections intact.
While text messages are a convenient way to communicate, they also leave a lot of room for misinterpretation. But it is possible to circumvent this mishap.
Whether it’s for a hostess or a host, a small gift is always in order when you’re invited to dinner, a gathering, or a special occasion.
An invitation to stay for a weekend, or a few days ensures lots of fun. But it can be a gamble whether or not everyone will leave as friends.
Every meeting should be necessary and organized, otherwise it just feels like a waste of time. The best way to ensure this is to develop a meeting agenda.
Tradition sets aside this time of year to practice giving thanks, to gather people together, and to acknowledge those who contribute to our lives and well-being.
When a leader assumes that his role will always involve hosting of some kind, respect and kindness are built into the equation.