In our current culture, it can seem as though common etiquette habits have faded away. There is a sense of respect for others that has been lost as progressive cultures become more independent and self-reliant. This is no reason to lose sight of those etiquette habits that make us all decent and wonderful human beings. Show your good side as often as possible through your consideration of others around you. Here are some proper etiquette behaviours that never go out of style.
1 – Saying Please and Thank You
So often we hear people neglect to say please and thank you to others, especially when they are being served at a restaurant or helped in a department store. It is also becoming more prominent among children, which is a heartbreaking reality. Saying please and thank you is one of those etiquette habits that show appreciation and dignity like no other.
2 – Chewing with Your Mouth Closed
This may seem silly, but no one wants to see food swirling around in your mouth as you chew or try to talk. Take smaller bites, close your mouth and wait till you have swallowed your food before engaging in conversation. Everyone appreciates this etiquette behaviour and you are also much less likely to accidentally embarrass yourself.
3 – Refraining from Interrupting Others
It is hard to refrain from interjecting our thoughts right away when something interesting pops into our head during conversation. It is also a human tendency to relate to others through our similar stories and experiences. Instead of interrupting someone or hurrying them along in their story, listen well and wait for your turn to talk.
4 – Listening Intently as Others Speak
Have you ever been in a conversation with someone who wasn’t really listening to you? It is generally pretty obvious, as they are looking around and not making eye contact or have an absent look on their face. This is extremely rude and gives off the impression that you are not worth their time. Do not do this and instead, make eye contact and show that you are listening by your body language and occasional words.
5 – Smiling at Strangers
You might have picked up on other people’s lack of etiquette when you say hi and they do not smile or say hi back. It is always kind to smile at strangers, say hi when they greet you. You never know what kind of day, week or year someone may be having, and a smile can go a long way without you realizing it.
6 – Greeting People with Affection
Always hug tightly, smile and show affection when you greet friends and family that you love dearly. Life is preciously short so it is important to display your love and appreciation for those who care the most.
7 – Giving Generously
Do not be stingy with your cash, but instead look for ways to give. Make sure to tip well, even your barrister, and give to a charity that pulls at your heart and soul. It is also the mark of good character to give your time and energy to others in need. What better way to say you care than by being an open and inviting person, always willing to share and give?
Showing etiquette is not difficult once you make it part of your daily habit. You will feel more empowered when you display social behaviours that may not be as common as you think. What are some other etiquette habits that belong on this list?