Sep
12

Proper Etiquette for Every Occasion

“Etiquette is merely a set of guidelines for politeness and good manners, the kindnesses with which we should always treat each other. It will always matter!”

Manners 101

Where are your manners? Gone the way of hoop skirts and high tea? Beyond the reflexive “please” and “thank you” (just like Mom taught us), politeness sometimes seems like a low (and slow) priority in a fast-paced, 4G world.

Contrary to what you may think, we’re not, as a culture, getting ruder. In fact, experts agree that we’re more conscious of respecting others than ever before. Interesting when you consider why etiquette was invented in the first place: In the Middle Ages, a code of conduct was a way to limit violence among competing warriors. (Look at that—a “no spitting at the table” rule works!) Later, in the Victorian era, according to Benet Davetian, Ph.D., author of Civility: A Cultural History ($42, amazon.com), complex rules of propriety were used as a means of differentiating among the classes. (Not so nice, right?) When the let-it-all-hang-out 1960s rolled around, many of the old social graces broke down…

Read more: https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/work-life-etiquette/proper-etiquette?slide=20370#20370

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