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Good Manners

The Incredible Power Of Compliments

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Diane Gottsman

When your colleague does a great job on an important project, compliment them on their success. If your competitor got the job over you, send a note of congratulations. Drop your guard, put down your competitive armor, and give yourself permission to revel in someone else's success. Make your words strong and reliable.

The 9 Most Annoying Playground Parents

Richie Frieman | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Richie Frieman

I am constantly amazed to meet these nine worst playground offenders -- the parents who would rather do anything but play with their kids.

Tipping Etiquette for the Business Professional

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.21.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

The way you handle gratuity in front of a client can make a lasting impression. Here are a few situations where all eyes are on you.

Common Indecency: Bathroom Etiquette

Greg White | Posted 03.20.2014 | Comedy
Greg White

In a world where privacy has been flushed down the drain, we need to hold on to bathroom etiquette as our last bastion for common decency.

Two Little Words That Can Make All the Difference!

Craig Dowden | Posted 03.12.2014 | Business
Craig Dowden

This sentiment is often accompanied by an exasperated acceptance of defeat, as it seems the problem is too big to solve. However, the above research suggests that we may be more powerful than we think.

Business Etiquette: 5 Tips to Turning Negative Feedback Into Constructive Criticism

Diane Gottsman | Posted 02.25.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

When an evaluation is delivered with thought and professionalism, it can turn an uncomfortable conversation into one that generates positive results and genuine respect.

Eat, Drink, Shush!

Kim Lute | Posted 04.13.2014 | Travel
Kim Lute

Though I'm not for expelling children from decidedly mature European playgrounds, I am in favor of kid-free dining. What is one family's easily ignorable background chatter (ie: kids being kids) is another's theater of the absurd.

Technology Etiquette for the Emerging Generation

Tim Elmore | Posted 04.06.2014 | Technology
Tim Elmore

The vast majority of Generation Y believes it's their right to be on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram during work hours. I would just add -- it's also the right of your employer to let you go.

Business Etiquette: How to Say "No" at the Office

Diane Gottsman | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Diane Gottsman

"No." It's a short word, but often one of the toughest to master. A polite and well-delivered "no" is often the best answer to a request you aren't prepared to deliver upon. Here's how to do it.

Technology Etiquette -- Are You Ready for In-Flight Cell Phone Use?

Diane Gottsman | Posted 03.11.2014 | Travel
Diane Gottsman

Many frequent flyers are holding their breath as the challenge of air travel may soon get even more invasive.

Sorry, I'm Bad With Names

Andrew Nackerud | Posted 03.10.2014 | Comedy
Andrew Nackerud

Have I not made a lasting impression on you? No, that can't be, I'm fucking fantastic and you know it. Smack the gloss from your weary eyes, and put down Tinder long enough to make a connection with me.

The 5 Key Etiquette Tips Everyone Needs To Get Them Through The Holidays

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 11.30.2013 | Fifty

The thing about good manners is that nobody is born with them; they are acquired and some of us have acquired more than others by the time we reach mi...

The Most Annoying Types Of People To Travel With

Richie Frieman | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel
Richie Frieman

Annoying Traveler #7: The Photographer. A picture can say a thousand words, and when you travel with the Photographer you may only want to use words that consist of four letters.

F**k You, Lady! Why This World Is Going To Hell In A Handbasket

Diedre A. Ware | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Diedre A. Ware

A few weeks ago, I saw a young boy riding his bike in the street at a busy intersection. When he rode slowly by, I said, 'Excuse me, young man -- be careful, this is a busy intersection; maybe you should ride on the sidewalk.' He was no bigger than a third grader -- how he responded was quite disturbing to say the least.

Bearded Dragons Say What's Up

Sarah Barness | Posted 09.14.2013 | Comedy

Why, hello over there. You're a bearded dragon too? Fancy that. How's it goin? OK, so waving behavior in bearded dragons is actually pretty common...

Nasty in Nantucket

Cherie Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | Travel
Cherie Burns

Courteous behavior has fallen by the wayside, and a whole new crop of entitled princes and princesses think that by snarling and making a fuss they will get their way. How can they be so stupid?

9 Things It Took Me Way Too Long To Learn

Posted 06.10.2013 | OWN

By Leigh Newman Tales from a 41-year-old. Wisdom -- and the woeful path that preceded it -- for all ages. 1. Standing Up For Yourself Isn't P...

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?

Les Enfants Fantastiques! A Review of Pamela Druckerman's Bébé Day by Day'

Emma Jenner | Posted 07.21.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

They say that those who fight the hardest are those who are the most alike, so perhaps it shouldn't have surprised me that when it comes to parenting, the English and the French have quite a bit in common.

17 Proper Ways To Treat A 'Literary Lady'

Posted 05.20.2013 | Books

Yesterday on Twitter, Paul Collins (@TheLitDetective) tweeted a link to this 1859 book on proper feminine etiquette, Miss Leslie's Behaviour Book. The...

4 Social Faux Pas No One Over 50 Should Still Be Making

Shelley Emling | Posted 07.17.2013 | Fifty
Shelley Emling

Just because you've been getting away with a social gaffe for decades doesn't mean you shouldn't stop making it. By the time you're 50, you should know a thing or two -- or 25 -- about etiquette.

The Great-Granddaughter Of Etiquette Queen Advises Post50s

The Huffington Post | Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.13.2013 | Fifty

Emily Post’s great-great-granddaughter, Lizzie Post, has inherited her great-great grandmother's flair for guiding us through life's ticklish situat...

The Age of Impoliteness

Imogen Lloyd Webber | Posted 05.20.2013 | Style
Imogen Lloyd Webber

Perhaps I am just getting old. Maybe it's the new normal to arrive twenty minutes late, to arrange a meeting so you can spend its duration broadcasting to the world where your physical but not mental presence is and to never snail mail.

Sorry, You Aren't Invited: A Practical Guide to Children's Birthday Party Guest Lists

Emma Jenner | Posted 05.11.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

Being on all three sides of a guest list -- inviter, invited and uninvited -- can help children not only become more resilient, but also more conscientious and empathetic. It's up to parents to use parties as opportunities for chats about friendship, kindness, and etiquette.

Raising Gracious Children: 3 Ways to Help Kids Say Thanks

Emma Jenner | Posted 03.15.2013 | Parents
Emma Jenner

While it's natural for parents to want to give their children everything, make sure that along with toys and praise, you give your children the regular reinforcement that makes thankfulness a part of who they are, not just something they do.