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Politeness

The 10 Colleges With The Most Polite Students

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.19.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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...

Chivalry Is Alive, And It's On A Horse In Canada

Huffington Post | Rebecca Ballhaus | Posted 07.14.2012 | Weird News

In an age of blogging and tweeting, one man has chosen a different vehicle for getting out his message: a horse. Vincent Gabriel Kirouac of Quebec is ...

WATCH: Your Turn: Smart Phone Etiquette

Posted 10.09.2012 | MarloThomas

Cell phones, computers and other technology make it so easy to communicate, but sometimes I wonder whether these things make us miss out on enjoying t...

Five Recommendations for a New Politeness

Roy Speckhardt | Posted 09.04.2012 | Media
Roy Speckhardt

With political correctness an irreformable term, and chivalry having its own baggage, perhaps we can learn to be polite without allowing it to hamper our ability to be opinionated.

The Word Young People Should Use More

Ann Brenoff | Posted 08.05.2012 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

I'd like to start a movement to bring Ma'am to every city in America, starting with my own. While I admit that being called Ma'am made me feel a tad older, the truth is, I am older.

Having Top-Notch Manners Will Distinguish You

Malcolm Levene | Posted 07.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Malcolm Levene

To some, having good manners is akin to a "foreign language" in that they are not used to expressing gratitude, giving thanks and being polite.

Beyond Random Acts of Kindness

Stuart Muszynski | Posted 02.26.2012 | Home
Stuart Muszynski

During the holidays, there's no dearth of goodness in America. But after the New Year's ball drops, we go back to same old same old, where ordinary, everyday niceness is undervalued in our culture.

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.

No Looting in Japan

Amy Chavez | Posted 05.27.2011 | World
Amy Chavez

People around the world have marveled at the lack of mass-looting in Japan. Is it the presence of "wa" that prevents people from looting, or the power of the individual that allows them to loot?

Be Kind to the Author Whose Book You Can't Stand (or, Authors Have Feelings, Too!)

Melanie Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Melanie Benjamin

So my plea is a simple one. If you had a problem with my book or a part of my book, by all means talk about it, discuss it with others -- just make sure I'm not in the room, too.

How to Combat Distracted Walking

Ben H. Winters | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
Ben H. Winters

Now that the horror of "distracted driving" has been brought thoroughly to light, it is time to turn our collective attention to a related and equally heinous societal scourge: distracted walking.

Parade Etiquette

Elicia Berger | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Elicia Berger

No matter what the occasion or how cool the crowd, parades bring out pushiness.