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Courtesy

Grocery Store as Metaphor

Edie Weinstein | Posted 12.15.2014 | Good News
Edie Weinstein

Today, as I was pushing my cart through the pre-holiday hustle and bustle aisles at Giant Supermarket, it occurred to me that it was a miracle that shoppers were able to safely dodge and weave through the aisles, without crashing into anyone.

Airline Passengers! Is There a Right to Recline?

Roz Warren | Posted 11.14.2014 | Travel
Roz Warren

Being a grown-up -- rather than a toddler -- means recognizing that world doesn't revolve around you. All your needs won't always be met. The needs of others matter too. And if your needs are in conflict? You communicate.

Love as a Virtue and a Principle

Dr. Hyder Zahed | Posted 11.03.2014 | Good News
Dr. Hyder Zahed

We often think of love as an emotion we experience, an emotion characterized by the desire to be close to another person, the sense of cozy pleasure we feel in a relationship.

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 Your Cell Phone Conversations Inspire

Maureen Anderson | Posted 06.24.2014 | Technology
Maureen Anderson

This phenomenon isn't unique to New York, of course. But with so many more people crammed into so much less space, I decided to meditate on the lives I sampled -- and to renew a few promises to myself.

3 Steps to Improve Text Communication

Linda Lauren | Posted 06.10.2014 | Technology
Linda Lauren

you're upset that you're not receiving a text in return to the one you sent and you wind up sitting there for a long time wondering if the person you were texting with forgot you. They did.

Yoga Pants Defiant: My Crusade Against the Cult of Casual

Catherine Zinger | Posted 04.02.2014 | Style
Catherine Zinger

When "Casual Fridays" took hold in the early nineties with the rise of the tech bubble, Americans, turned the formality dial down from power suits, to business casual, to questionably casual, to downright slovenly, and have left it there ever since.

Uncommon Courtesy

Mike Julianelle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Mike Julianelle

Because despite how obnoxious and out of control and rude and selfish my toddler often is, he's often more polite than most adults I encounter, including Yours Truly. At least my toddler has an excuse for those times that he behaves badly: He's a toddler. What's ours?

The Twilight of Courtesy and Conversation

Chris Komisarjevsky | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Chris Komisarjevsky

Are we seeing courtesy and conversation fall victim to technology?

Over-Thanking It

Jeanne Martinet | Posted 10.16.2013 | Impact
Jeanne Martinet

To have good manners is to consider the emotional well-being of someone besides yourself, which is why I have often emphasized the importance of saying "thank you" to anyone who has done something for you. But is it possible to thank someone too much?

'Thank You' for Reading This Column

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 06.04.2013 | College
The University of Central Florida Forum

When I thank someone for a favor or service rendered, what I've often noticed creeping into our daily conversation is the use -- make that the overuse -- of the response "No problem." Just when was the appropriate "You're welcome" put out to pasture by so many people?

One Way to Handle Those Delicate Interview Questions

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business
Maureen Anderson

You're in a job interview, and the potential employer asks you a question that's not only rude but possibly illegal. Now what? What do you say? How a...

Mind Your Manners

Maureen Anderson | Posted 08.08.2012 | Healthy Living
Maureen Anderson

I can't watch people at work without mentally trading places with them and wondering what it would be like to be them.

I Have To Ask: What's A Common Courtesy That Has Been Lost?

Posted 02.22.2012 | Women

Is there a common courtesy that you think has been lost? Microphone in hand, I set out to ask perfect strangers that very question. var src_url="htt...

The Secret To Getting What You Want From Customer Service Reps

Daylle Deanna Schwartz | Posted 01.16.2012 | Women
Daylle Deanna Schwartz

Tired of repeatedly yelling "representative" into the phone? There is a tactic that will actually get you somewhere: kindness. Here's how to make kindness work for you.

The Lasting Fragrance Of Courtesy

Fahad Faruqui | Posted 01.15.2012 | Religion
Fahad Faruqui

Deep inside, I wish to see young boys and girls embracing the beautiful Prophetic tradition of greeting others with compassion and affection.

The Ripple Effect Of Common Courtesy

David Nichtern | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
David Nichtern

I believe that mindfulness laced with consideration for others executed at the smallest scale can actually change the world. Usually we tell people to think bigger, but in this case maybe thinking smaller could be very powerful.

The Decline of Common Courtesy

Denny Dressman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Denny Dressman

In this age of instant communication, I ask: How hard is it to reply to an email, phone call or letter?

Postmodern Politics and the Ground Zero Mosque Issue

Thomas de Zengotita | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Thomas de Zengotita

After the symbolic politics we've been seeing, a simple and humane gesture like moving the mosque would have to be interpreted as a loss -- as backing down in the face of bigotry.

There's High Finance, Then There's Slow Finance

Rick Horowitz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Rick Horowitz

So there I am, last Saturday afternoon, pulling up to the drive-thru ATM. It's a perfect late-summer day. There's only one car ahead of me -- and one pedestrian.

14 Lessons In Leadership From My Dad And President Obama

Anne Naylor | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

This year, my Dad celebrated his 90th birthday. In December, he and my mother celebrate their 65th wedding anniversary. I have a younger brother and ...