Eight easy ways to inject good etiquette into everyday life, courtesy of Crème's resident expert, Rachel.
1. I’m often flustered by the staggering pace of communication, so one way I try (key word: try) to slow the process is by passing my speech through a filter of, ‘Is what I’m about to say true, necessary, and kind?’
2. Let this be the year you make being on time a priority. This communicates to others that you respect their time.
3. Keep a variety of greeting cards on hand. Think at least one of each of the following: happy birthday, thank you, sympathy, congratulations and a few blank cards.
4. Get in the habit of setting out a hand towel in your bathroom when you have guests over. There is nothing worse than wiping your hands on a murky, mystery bath towel.
5. Begin taking responsibility for your dietary restrictions. If you’re attending a party or dinner let the host know ahead of time with a ‘I wanted to let you know I’m a ________. Once you figure out your menu, I’d be very happy to bring a dish I can eat that would accompany your dinner.’
6. Try to commit to one good driving deed per day. Let that guy through who totally cut you off on the 405, without giving him the finger. This challenge will calm you down and make driving feel less like a war.
7. Start tipping at counter service restaurants and if you are able, bump up your tipping to 20% for sit down dining.
8. Be discerning with your time and what you say ‘yes’ to. After all, good etiquette is all about setting boundaries. Make sure you are saying yes only when you really want to.
How do you make good etiquette a part of your life? Or are you still trying? If you have a question for Rachel, email firstname.lastname@example.org
[Illustration by Andy Virgil]