Social Etiquette Rules We Should All Be Following

The magazine “Country Living” posted a list of 50 social etiquette rules we don’t pay attention to enough these days. We took 20 of the best ones, and broke them down into five categories . . .

1. Classic Things People Used To Do: Always say please and thank you . . . hold the door for people . . . try HARD to be on time . . . send handwritten thank-you notes . . . and bring food to people, like when there’s a new neighbor or someone passes away.

2. Phone Etiquette: Step away to answer a call . . . look at someone when they’re talking to you, not your phone . . . mute your ringtone when you’re at a movie, or anywhere else it might annoy people . . . and return phone calls as soon as possible.

3. When You’re Out in Public: Wear decent clothes, not pajama bottoms . . . don’t swear, especially around kids . . . always use your turn signal while driving . . . and wait for people to get OUT of an elevator or subway car before you get in.

4. For Parties and Events: Always RSVP right away . . . ask before you bring a guest . . . always show up with a gift, like a bottle of wine or an appetizer . . . and avoid controversial topics, like politics or religion.

5. Meal Etiquette: Wait until everyone has their food before you start eating . . . have good table manners, like putting a napkin on your lap and chewing with your mouth closed . . . and always push your chair in when you leave the table. (Country Living)