Richmond Proper: A winter compendium

It’s been another banner year here at Richmond Proper. We’ve examined everything from street harassment, to proper condolences, to cycling, to parenting during these past twelve months. Let’s wrap it up with a year-end collection of etiquette thoughts from seasoned professionals and tween bloggers alike.

It’s been another banner year here at Richmond Proper. We’ve examined everything from street harassment, to proper condolences, to cycling, to parenting during these past twelve months. Let’s wrap it up with a year-end collection of etiquette thoughts from seasoned professionals and tween bloggers alike. Happy holidays and keep it kind in 2012.

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madebymordecai.tumblr.com

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Whenever two people come together and their actions affect one another you have etiquette.
Emily Post

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magdvn.tumblr.com

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I was raised to consider manners one of the most important things anyone can possess. It doesn’t take much to hold a door open for someone or say hi with a smile on your face and you never know if something like that will turn someone’s entire day around.
talktoblaineanderson.tumblr.com

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readymind.tumblr.com

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If someone is speaking and you interrupt them, you are automatically making whatever they had to say unimportant. Get some manners man.
lyliibird.tumblr.com

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hickorynines.tumblr.com

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5 Ways to Combat Rudeness

  1. Don’t take it personally. Perhaps the offender is having a bad day.
  2. Size up your annoyances. Is it worth it to make a fuss over something small, or is it a waste of your emotional time?
  3. Set a good example. Rudeness begets rudeness. If you speak sharply to the bank teller, don’t be surprised if you get the same treatment in return.
  4. Count to ten. When someone’s behavior makes you angry, take a few deep breaths and ask yourself, “Is it really worth blowing my stack over this?”
  5. Laugh it off. If you can’t come up with a friendly joke, just chuckle and change the subject.

emilypost.com

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thedappercadaver.tumblr.com

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Being nice to someone you don’t like isn’t called being fake, it’s called being mature.
itllbe–alright.tumblr.com

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touchoftea.tumblr.com

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A Modern Gentleman Should

Stay away from the big three polite conversation taboo subjects:

  • Politics
  • Religion
  • Money

If you are in a group comprised of people you aren’t very familiar or comfortable with then these subjects are going to be the sure fire way to offend someone. They are very personal subjects and often the exact way you feel on one or more of these subjects isn’t going to be adequately expressed to your audience. It is my suggestion that you find conversation topics on sturdier ground.

Remember this at that holiday party.

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Need some advice or want to share your own etiquette-related story? Hit us up at Richmond Proper on Tumblr, by email tess@rvanews.com, or using the form below.

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Tess Shebaylo

Tess Shebaylo is a freelance writer, crafter, history geek, and compulsive organizer. She works at Tumblr and lives in Church Hill with her husband, Dan, and their two cats.

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