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What You Should Know About Really Polite People

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Got any friends who seem a little too polite? You might want to watch out for them. According to a small new study surfaced by Science of Us, su...

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.

Do As You Say

Jon Carras | Posted 08.21.2015 | Parents
Jon Carras

The alarm went off at 5:00 a.m. and we sprung out of bed. My wife, Lauren, and I knew it was going to be a crazy day. Of course, every day is crazy when you have two toddlers but this was shaping up to be a whole other level.

Commonly Misused Phrases in Business and Their Real Meaning

Diane Gottsman | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

I recently heard a well-known speaker continuously use the term "flush out" when what he really meant was "flesh out." When we confuse our words, it weakens our message.

Let Theatre Take You to a New World -- Without Ringing, Glowing Phones

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 08.12.2015 | Arts
The University of Central Florida Forum

There's been a lot of talk about patron use of technology in theaters, the most recent story of course being Patti LuPone's snatching a phone out of a texting audience member's hands in the middle of a scene during Shows for Days at the Lincoln Center Theater.

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.

How to Follow Up After a Job Interview

Diane Gottsman | Posted 07.24.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

If you have ever wondered how to follow up on a job interview or potential business opportunity while coming across as a true professional and not a pest, you are not alone.

When Is Racism Just Your Perception?

Tina Lifford | Posted 07.15.2015 | Black Voices
Tina Lifford

Our minds get to choose how we see what we see. I believe in always taking the point of view that affirms our worth. This way, no matter how many rude, racist or otherwise unkind people we encounter, we do not have to let their bad behavior into our hearts.

As a Manner of Fact: Party Tips

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 07.15.2015 | Style
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Seating, seating, seating! Great food is a party must, but if the guests are not interacting it could spell disaster.

6 Books That Teach Kids Manners

Common Sense Media | Posted 07.09.2015 | Parents
Common Sense Media

Kids naturally develop social skills in the preschool years, so it's a perfect time to teach and reinforce social lessons. The books below serve as modern-day primers on courtesy, graciousness, and respect that will help kids make and keep friends -- skills that will serve them well their whole lives.

A Remedial Class in Basic Decency for Chronic Offenders

Dr. F. Emelia Sam | Posted 07.08.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. F. Emelia Sam

It doesn't take a whole lot to be decent. The overwhelming majority of us were originally equipped with basic tools for humanity. Using those tools is simply a choice. In the end, decency requires nothing more than your willingness.

Do You Need an Apology?

Melanie Young | Posted 07.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Melanie Young

The words some people find most difficult to say with true conviction are "I'm sorry." Yet they speak volumes when it matters. The impact of unspoken words can be more powerful than those said. Speak from the heart without losing your head.

Politeness I'd Truly Like to See

Lev Raphael | Posted 07.06.2015 | Comedy
Lev Raphael

The politeness that would make a real difference in my life, and I suspect a lot of people's, wouldn't come via the USPS or through the other Buzzfeed suggestions. It would be on the road.

Treat People as You Want to Be Treated

Dr. Roger H. Hull | Posted 06.30.2015 | Education
Dr. Roger H. Hull

A leader of a college or university (or any non-profit, for that matter) should do what one can for those who work at the institution. One thing one can do at no cost is simply to be appreciative of hard work and to thank people for their work. Doing so goes a long way, a very long way.

How To Eat Spaghetti Like A Lady, According To 1942

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.24.2015 | Taste

In 1942, "Bambi" was released by Walt Disney, Jimi Hendrix was born and folks were instructed to eat forkfuls of spaghetti four noodles at a time. ...

Client or Friend? How to Successfully Mix Business and Pleasure

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.23.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

While many of us have clients that also travel in the same social circles, things can get complicated when we become too close to people who are not actually our good "friends," or we unintentionally begin to take advantage of existing contacts.

In or Out?

Marcia Liss | Posted 06.20.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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Please Pass the Paranoia: On the Dangers of Being Overheard

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 06.16.2015 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

When having a private conversation in a public place--even a crowded New York City restaurant--you can never be too circumspect.

Internet Vitriole and the Rise of the Carnivorous Left

Olivia Wilson | Posted 06.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Olivia Wilson

We all know that trolls go for women more than men, queers times two, those who are transgender, times three. And we hate them for it. Trolls are ugly cave-dwelling creatures. Please, let's not become them. It's just not cool.

Interview: Writer/Illustrator Rowboat Watkins on Rude Cakes

Nell Minow | Posted 06.09.2015 | 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.

16 Common Phrases Lost In Toddler Translation

Chris Cate | Posted 06.08.2015 | Parents
Chris Cate

Parent Says: "This is my food. Eat your own." Toddler Hears: "Consider everything on my plate your own. But don't eat it all. Spit it out in my hand."

Supper Club Host Etiquette: Part I

Diane Gottsman | Posted 06.05.2015 | HuffPost Home
Diane Gottsman

There are certain ingredients that make any party a success and hosting or attending a supper club is no exception.

7 Ridiculous Park Rules I Don't Make My Kids Follow

Rachel Garlinghouse | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Rachel Garlinghouse

There are certain things that belong to just me: My cell phone. My wallet. My underwear. I'm not sharing these things with random people I meet at the park. Why should I force my children to share their prized possessions with kids they just met?

How to Recover When You Overshare

Diane Gottsman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Yes, we've all done it. Made a comment that we wish we could immediately retract but as one of my favorite sayings goes, "You can't unscramble an egg." Try as you might, it's often difficult to recover from a verbal misstep. Or worse, an entire conversation you wish you could retract!