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32 Essential Etiquette Rules Which Every Person Should Follow


Etiquette is not only about what word to say to properly greet someone you meet for the first time or which fork to use at a formal dinner. Instead, it is about showing yourself as well as everyone around you respect.

In a world where tactlessness and vulgarity often reign, it won’t be bad at all if you stand out for being well mannered and thoughtful, don’t you agree?

Here are 32 basic etiquette rules you should follow to share more kindness with those around you this year:

1. Respect other people’s time and get rid of the habit of making people wait for you.

2. Make eye contact and shake hands firmly when you meet someone for the first time.

3. Wash your hands after going to the bathroom.

4. Don’t curse!

5. Don’t scroll through your Facebook newsfeed during meals. It’s highly disrespectful and rude to the people sitting at the table.

6. Know how to properly dress for the occasion. For example, when you go to funerals, you can’t wear the same type of clothes that you usually wear when you go to birthday parties.

7. Don’t talk loudly and silence the ringer on your phone while you’re at work so that you don’t bug your coworkers.

8. Sneeze and cough into your elbow.

9. Don’t curse and react angrily when you come across a nasty driver or grumpy salesperson. You never know what is going on with that person at the moment.

10. Clean up after yourself at your home, at a friend’s house, and at work.

11. Clean up after your dog or cat as well.

12. Before you post a photo of a family member or friend and you on your Facebook profile, ask them first. Remember: Not everyone wants their photos to be all over social media.

13. Remember people’s names.

14. Don’t eat smelly foods at your desk in the office.

15. Always look at the person that’s speaking to you.

16. Don’t react to a snide comment or text right away. Wait a couple of hours, even a day before you snap at the person.

17. Don’t wait for someone else to push your chair in when you finish eating and leave a table. Do that yourself.

18. Hold the door for the lady or gentleman behind you.

19. Don’t park your shopping cart in the center when you wait in a queue to pay. Instead, park it on the side of the aisle.

20. Use your turn signal when driving as this can help you avoid an accident.

21. Regardless of how close you are to your host or hostess, always ask before you bring a guest.

22. Don’t start eating until every person at the table has been served.

23. And yes, don’t chew with your mouth open, even when you’re alone in the room.

24. Teach your children social etiquette rules. Make sure they grow into well-mannered individuals.

25. Stay home when you’ve gone down with a cold.

26. When you see someone is struggling to reach an item on the highest shelf at the supermarket, help them out.

27. Never feel ashamed to say “I’m sorry” when you know you’ve made a mistake and/or hurt someone’s feelings.

28. Always knock before you enter a room.

29. Let people get off the bus first before you get on.

30. Silence the ringer on your phone at the cinema.

31. Never floss your teeth, brush your hair, or clip your nails in public. It’s rude and gross.

32. Last but not least, say “Thank you” and “Please” whenever you’re supposed to say them. Especially to your loved ones.