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Be on time. Always keep to time when honoring a meeting, date or event. Being on time shows your respect for other people's time.
When you show up late, it says much about your personality and the kind of regard you show important things.
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In public, it is kind to hold the door open for others, especially when you see someone with arms full or who might have obvious difficulty entering.
Never allow a door to slam on anyone following you.
Avoid the awkwardness of prematurely1
holding a door open when someone is a certain distance away. This might cause them to hurry unnecessarily.
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Be kind to people who serve you. Always say “thank you” to waiters, cashiers and food delivery staff.
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Respect the receptionist. It is kind to smile and acknowledge them when they are easily ignored by most people.
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when other people are speaking to you. Keep eye contact, rather than rummaging3
through your bag or letting your attention drift away.
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Remove your headphones before you speak to someone.
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At the end of a phone call with your boss or people older than you, it's proper to make sure they hang up the phone first.
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Tell people they're on a speakerphone. Alert the person you’re speaking with that others are present.
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Don't interrupt people when they talk. Hear them out before stating your own opinion.
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Show respect to other people. Allow them to voice their opinions without argument, even though you may disagree with them. Use your reasoning skills and eloquence4
rather than raised volume to convince others.
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Do not swear at or insult people, even if you are having an argument.
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Have a big heart — avoid petty feuds5
with your friends or colleagues.
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Wait for the green light before you cross the road. Don't hog6
the emergency lane, even when you are caught in a traffic jam.
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Drive slower in the rain, especially when old people, children or dogs are nearby.
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When in public, don't play music or watch videos on your mobile devices with the speakers on.
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When you leave a restaurant or library, don't forget to put your chair back quietly.
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Don't talk too loud in public, especially at night, when slight noises could be a nuisance to many people.
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Don't judge people. Respect the fact that everyone is different.
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Don't show off, even if you are privileged in some way. Stay humble7
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Table manners matter. Refrain from smacking8
your mouth, or poking9
around the dishes. Don't waste food.
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Cover your mouth with your hand or napkin when coughing, yawning or sneezing.
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If you’re seated at a table with eight or fewer guests, wait until everyone is served and for the host to begin eating before you dig in.
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Don’t make a big deal of saying you don’t drink. Simply place your fingertips on the rim10
of the glass and say, “Not today, thanks.” This implies no judgment11
of those who wish to imbibe12
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If you’re in a situation where you’d excuse yourself to go to the bathroom, you should also excuse yourself before reaching for your phone.
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Clean up after your dog when taking it for a walk.
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Keep your dog on a leash13
, and never say, "I don't need one, because it doesn't bite.”
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Apologize if your dog scares a passerby14
by barking or running around.
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When passing scissors or knives to others, be sure not to point the sharp end at them.
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Don't microwave foods that have a peculiar15
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If all you have to say in your email reply is “Thanks,” refrain from sending it. You’re just clogging16
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Take care of children and respect women and your elders at all times.
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When walking on the sidewalk, be sure to give your company the side farthest from the road.
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Be careful with your shopping carts in a supermarket. Do not roll over others' feet or run into someone, and slow down when passing a child.
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When you are on a crowded subway, hold your backpack in front of you to avoid causing inconvenience for other passengers. If you are carrying something cold, hot or sharp, be careful to keep it away from other people's legs.
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Let people off the elevator first, and hold the door for others before you board.