By | Charlotte Hilton Andersen | www.rd.com
True politeness is about so much more than holding open doors.
They say “Please” and “Thank you”
Your mother was right: The golden rule of good manners is golden for a reason—saying “please” and “thank you” is the oil that keeps polite society running smoothly, says Bonnie Tsai, etiquette expert and founder and director of Beyond Etiquette. They’re often the first rule we teach children yet adults often forget to use these simple niceties. Remember: You’re never too old to show kindness and gratitude to others! Simply doing this one thing will help you avoid many of these 20 rude restaurant mistakes you need to quit ASAP.
They don’t touch people without permission
Beyond a handshake, polite people make it a habit not to touch others or physically invade their space, Tsai says. “They do this because they understand that it may be uncomfortable for people to be touched by a complete stranger,” she explains. “If you are unsure, just ask the other party first before you proceed.” Are you doing any of these other 14 behaviors that make you look like a jerk?
They can admit when they’re wrong
Being wrong isn’t fun but a polite person will acknowledge when they are in error, take responsibility for the mistake, and do what they can to correct it, Tsai says. “Some people don’t like to admit when they are wrong but instead of making them look smart, it makes them seem arrogant and ignorant,” she explains.