Basic Rules Of Etiquette...How To Mind Your Manners

Basic Rules Of Etiquette...How To Mind Your Manners

Good manners never go out of style, although sometimes it feels that way. Being polite, respectful, and having good etiquette is not taught or talked about as much as it used to be. But I think it is still important to “mind our manners, and treat others with respect.

There are rules to etiquette, and as times and technology change, so does some of the rules. With everyone continuous glued to the screen of their phone or tablet, interaction with other people has become almost awkward and alien.

Don’t get me wrong, this blog is not about being prim and proper. I could not care less which fork you choose to eat with. But I do think that we all need a reminder from time to time of some basic manners that are slowly fading from societal norm.

Etiquette Rules For Dinner Table

Whether you are having a meal at a restaurant, at a dinner party, or at home, if you are with others there are some rules of etiquette that apply. I think for many of us, there are behaviors, particularly at the dinner table that annoy, us or that we find gross or inappropriate. It goes without saying that it is in poor taste to keep others waiting, so be on time. Here are your “don’ts” for eating with others.

Etiquette Rules For Interacting With Public and Strangers

They say you can tell a lot about a person by the way they treat those is service jobs. Whether it’s the waitress, the parking valet, or the hotel housekeeper, all people should be treated with common courtesy and respect. Here are some basics etiquette rules for behavior and interactions with people in public.

  • Say Please and Thank You

  • Hold Door For Stranger If Close Behind You

  • Hold Elevator Door

  • Say Excuse Me for Burps, Sneezes, and Accidents

  • Throw Away Your Trash

Etiquette Rules For Relationships and Dates

Photo by KM Photography/iStock / Getty Images

Photo by KM Photography/iStock / Getty Images

Times have changed, but not necessarily for the better when it comes to courtship and dating. I am a modern woman, and definitely not a damsel in distress, but I still can appreciate a gentleman. While I do not believe that the man always has when going out, I do believe that he treat his date like a lady.

  • Come To Door To Pick Up Date

  • Open Car Door

  • Hold Public Doors

  • Pull Out Chair

  • Offer To Carry Heavy Items

  • Walk To Door

This is not a lecture, but a reminder. If it costs you nothing to be polite, be kind, and to be thoughtful to others, then why not make a choice to do so?

What are your thoughts etiquette in today’s society? Do you think the rules are still appropriate, old fashioned, or just plain old stupid? Please share your thoughts and experience on etiquette

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.” - Unknown

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