The magazine "Country Living" posted a list of 50 social etiquette rules we don't pay enough attention to 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.