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Good Manners

Take A Moment To Make Your World Better

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.21.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Diane Gottsman

Many of us are experiencing a sense of helplessness in light of the recent violence and current events. Whether publicly or privately, we express symp...

Summer Entertaining Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.12.2016 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

Summer calendars are buzzing with beach trips, family reunions, and poolside barbecues. With loads of sunshine and a desire to catch up with friends near and far, the time may be right to host a gathering at your home. The dress code will likely be casual, and the vibe informal, but don't skimp on the details.

Dining Etiquette: Dine As If Your Job Depends On It

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.05.2016 | Business
Diane Gottsman

As work days become busier and business meetings run into lunch and sometimes dinner, connecting with a client or catching your boss up on an important project may include breaking bread over a meal.

10 Things Your Mom Should Have Taught You About Communication

Dianna Booher | Posted 04.13.2016 | Business
Dianna Booher

Since moms get blamed for so many things that go wrong in the world, we might as well point an accusatory finger at them for the poor communication habits of their offspring. Who else besides dear ole mom would cover for you if you picked up these bad habits on your own?

The Only Acceptable Times to Send Food Back at a Restaurant

Thrillist | Posted 12.01.2015 | Taste
Thrillist

By: Carrie Dennis and Kevin Alexander Credit: Cole Saladino/Thrillist Few things are as frustrating as ordering a dope dish at a restaurant, but be...

How to Be the Perfect Beach House Guest

Iris Krasnow | Posted 08.24.2015 | Travel
Iris Krasnow

My mom had a 72-hour rule when visiting us in Annapolis from her home in Chicago. She would come on an early afternoon flight, stay three nights and leave while we were still having fun. When I would say, "Oh, Mom, I wish you could stay longer," I really meant it, but she never did.

The Age of Cynicism

Joseph Grant | Posted 08.03.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Joseph Grant

The great Victorian author, Edith Wharton, wrote An Age of Innocence in order to evoke a bygone era. While the novel's title was misleading in some de...

7 Ways to Hone Your Business Hospitality Skills

Jacqueline Whitmore | Posted 07.28.2015 | Business
Jacqueline Whitmore

In some way, we all entertain for business at different times in our lives. It may be as simple as inviting a coworker into your home for a cup of coffee and a snack, inviting a visiting colleague to share a sandwich and soda in your office, dining with your boss at a nearby café, or treating a client to a cool beverage at the nineteenth hole after a round of golf.

Interview: Writer/Illustrator Rowboat Watkins on Rude Cakes

Nell Minow | Posted 06.08.2016 | Books
Nell Minow

Rude Cakes is witty, charming, and pure delight for children and their families. The title characters are cakes with delicious-looking pink frosting who are indeed very rude. A hilarious and very surprising twist leads to a happy -- and less rude -- ending.

10 Polite Things People Just Don't Seem To Do Anymore

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.22.2015 | Fifty

No matter your age, whether you're a boomer or a millennial, you might have noticed that people's manners just aren't what they used to be. As kids, w...

Manners Revival: Respect the Elderly

Dana Holmes | Posted 06.21.2015 | HuffPost Home
Dana Holmes

Grandparents have the sweetest gig. They just get to spoil their grandchildren, right? Well, grandparents in the 21st century also have a completely different perspective on grandchildren than those of previous generations. Many think that kids are losing their ability to communicate with and respect their elders.

What Qualities Set You Apart in Business?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.27.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Why would someone choose to do business with you? Because you have taken the time, and put in the effort to give them your best self.

8 Networking Tips for Extroverts

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

While they do enjoy some distinct advantages in making connections, their gregarious nature can also work against them.

Raising a Well-Mannered Parent... No Invoice Required

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.23.2015 | Parents
Diane Gottsman

Etiquette rules primarily include encouraging respect for self and others. These simple courtesies ideally start at home.

Travel Etiquette: How to Use a Flight Delay to Your Advantage

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.18.2015 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

No one wants to spend any more time in an airport than necessary. But, if you find yourself waiting for a delayed flight, there are ways to maximize your unscheduled downtime.

5 Business Email Etiquette Faux Pas

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.14.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

It would be nice if we all received an immediate reply, but the reality is our message is probably one of several that have not been opened. The person may be out of the office, in a meeting or simply prioritizing their responses.

New Year's Resolutions: 10 Tips to a Mannerly 2015

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Diane Gottsman

Break your goals up into bite-size pieces; giving yourself daily or monthly deadlines is more manageable and your progress can be evaluated and reshaped as you progress.

10 Tips to Ring in the New Year With a Memorable Toast

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.27.2015 | Taste
Diane Gottsman

When friends and family come together to celebrate the New Year, the festivities usually include raising glasses for an uplifting toast. If delivering the toast falls to you, some advance preparation will help you create a memorable start to the celebration.

Holiday Etiquette: What to Tip the Mail Carrier and Delivery Person

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.16.2015 | Money
Diane Gottsman

One of the most commonly asked holiday tipping questions: "What is the proper amount to tip my mail carrier and delivery person?"

Holiday RSVP Etiquette

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.14.2015 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

The rules for a proper RSVP are basic but often ignored. Failing to properly respond to an invitation will inevitably lead to ill will, hurt feelings and getting tagged as a rude guest or a thoughtless friend.

6 Smartphone Etiquette Fails to Avoid

BrazenWoman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
BrazenWoman

There you are, out for lunch you can hardly taste, spending your free hour nodding blankly at your companion, constantly asking for a sentence repeat. Now and again, you smile with a Huh? face, and never at quite the appropriate moment.

Do You Know How To Write A Perfect Thank You Note?

Ada Polla | Posted 12.15.2014 | HuffPost Home
Ada Polla

I love to send handwritten notes. Some might say that is one of my trademarks. I like to think I know when to send and how to write a thank you note. But one truly never knows.

Why 'Rude-Shaming' Needs To Be A Thing

RB Bronson | Posted 11.30.2014 | Fifty
RB Bronson

I frequently feel like I'm channeling Miss Clara. Bad manners abound. Men who won't allow a woman to exit an elevator first. Cars that honk after waiting less than a second at a light that just changed. People cracking their gum so loudly it sounds like a trip to the gun range. And don't get me started about talking in a movie theater.

Lindsay Holmes

4 Reasons Good Manners Need To Make A Comeback

HuffingtonPost.com | Lindsay Holmes | Posted 09.05.2014 | Healthy Living

When I was the ripe old age of 6, my grandpa gave me my first stern lesson in etiquette. We were sitting at the dinner table, and I leaned on the s...

The Number One Word You Should Always Use WIth Your Grandchildren

Honey Good | Posted 10.04.2014 | Fifty
Honey Good

There are days that I turn on the TV and I am appalled at what is going on in our society. Every day the news shows us another story where someone did something so awful. It seems so many people have lost the values that many of us were brought up with. I have to wonder -- where is the responsibility? Where is the discipline? Where is the leadership? Where are the standards?