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Politeness

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

6 Must-Know Etiquette Rules For Changing Times

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty

The times, they are a'changing. And with those changes come adjustments to our social behaviors and what we define as rude. By the time you're 50, you...

Peas and...

Marcia Liss | Posted 04.26.2015 | Comedy
Marcia Liss

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How Not to Ask for a Recommendation Letter

Adam Grant | Posted 04.06.2015 | Business
Adam Grant

Here are some of the most ineffective requests that I've seen as a manager and a professor, along with a running commentary on what a cynical recommender might read between the lines. My hope is that we'll all get a little bit more thoughtful about who, how, and when we ask.

Business Etiquette: The Correct Way to Respond to a Verbal 'Thank You'

Diane Gottsman | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

Two simple words, "no problem," in response to a "thank you," may be chipping away at your customers' goodwill. The service person who replies with this response almost certainly means to acknowledge the "thank you" and is essentially saying "you're welcome." Still, many customers are offended.

Your First Job Interview: How to Nail It

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 12.16.2014 | Business
Lisa Mirza Grotts

Put your best foot forward, because it's all about the first impression. Remember: You only have one shot!

Change Is in the Air

Rupa Mehta | Posted 12.01.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

Nature is talking to us; we should listen! Bundle up in that new sweater, eat that pumpkin pie, and crunch through some leaves; truly enjoy the season! But don't forget to supplement the physical changes with emotional ones.

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 10 Colleges With The Most Polite Students

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.21.2014 | College

When you order a sandwich and ask for them to hold the mayo, do you say "Please?" Well, if you're a student at the University of Pennsylvania, the ans...

5 Words to Use in Every Day Life

Rupa Mehta | Posted 10.11.2014 | Healthy Living
Rupa Mehta

I see words as one of the most important tools in pursuing a healthy life. Discovering words that can help you on both your fitness and emotional journey is a quick and easy way to reshape your life. Here are five simple words that can sculpt not only your day, but also someone else's.

Beware My Derriere: The Etiquette of Sitting Down at the Theater

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 08.11.2014 | Style
Jeanne Martinet

Every time I go to the theater and I find myself having to enter a row where there are people already seated, I experience the same moment of indecision: "How do I navigate this? Which way do I go in -- facing the stage or facing the people?"

If You Do This, Your Emails Might Be Rude

Adam Grant | Posted 07.16.2014 | Technology
Adam Grant

When we walk up to introduce ourselves to strangers, we intuitively follow basic cultural rules of politeness. On email, though, it's the Wild West.

What's Great About Kids Today

Colleen Turner | Posted 07.14.2014 | Fifty
Colleen Turner

Bullying behaviors do not last long when a child's peer group appreciates the importance of respecting themselves and others

The S&M Experience

Robin Korth | Posted 05.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Robin Korth

Do you remember the first time you heard the "S" (sir) word or the "M" (ma'am) word when someone was addressing you? In the timeline of maturity this event stands stark in many people's memories. The first time I got "ma'am-ed," I actually turned around to see who the person was talking to. It certainly could not have been me!

8 Ways to Say No Without Ruining Your Reputation

Adam Grant | Posted 05.12.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

Saying no frees you up to say yes when it matters most. But the rest of the time, how do you say no without burning bridges and jeopardizing your reputation?

Uber Car Etiquette

Lisa Mirza Grotts | Posted 03.18.2014 | San Francisco
Lisa Mirza Grotts

As a frequent Uber rider, I've come up with a few guidelines that will make the experience even smoother for both drivers and passengers.

Why You Shouldn't Say 'You're Welcome'

Adam Grant | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Adam Grant

The script is so deeply ingrained that you don't even need to think about it. When you do a favor, and someone says "thank you," the automatic response is "you're welcome." But according to one leading psychologist, this isn't the best choice of words.

Here's A Little Summer Travel Advice: Try Being Nice

Christopher Elliott | Posted 06.06.2013 | Travel
Christopher Elliott

Are you still forgetting to pack your manners when you travel? If you are, then please meet Grace, a flight attendant who recently turned to me for some career advice.

When Being Nice Just Doesn't Cut It Anymore

Jennifer Rosen | Posted 07.22.2013 | Healthy Living
Jennifer Rosen

How did I get to be such a doormat? When did I develop such a deep-rooted fear of offending others? What caused me to place other people's needs ahead of my own? What did I think would happen if (horror of horrors) I were to actually displease someone?

Are You Flirting With Me -- Or Just Being Polite?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 06.25.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

On my wedding night in a beautiful mountain lodge that we had rented out for the occasion, my then 80-something Aunt Sophie called the front desk at midnight and asked if Frederic, the 26-year-old French chef who had just fed us a sublime meal and spent much of the evening dancing with her, could please come to her cabin to remove the spider she had just found.

LOOK: Cafe Offers Discount For Being Polite

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 01.14.2013 | Business

Sure, maybe you're a little cranky because you have yet to get your morning caffeine fix. But is that a good reason to treat everyone around you reall...