As I write this I am watching How To Marry a Millionaire (Marilyn! Swoon!) and I am reminded of my deep love for the 50's and 60's era. Watching these fabulous actresses sit atop their rooftop patio drinking champagne in their circle skirts makes me truly wish I was alive back then. So all of this got me to thinking as to how much time as changed in so many ways. One of those things is manners. Isn't it amazing how little thinking of others has become acceptable? I think we all need a little work on our day to day manners. I am always looking for ways to better myself as a person both inside and out. In the Kate Spade book so appropriately titled "Manners" I came across 10 Gentle Reminders that I thought was a nice refresher.
1. Making others feel at ease is the essence of etiquette, yesterday and today.
2. There are few words more elementary or more welcomed than please and thank you.
3. Good moods are contagious. Hopefully, yours will be pleasantly catching.
4. Be aware and considerate of personal space- physical, visual, and aural.
5. Showing respect is a gift, one that costs nothing and is endlessly appreciated.
6. Think of your tone of voice as a telegraph. To the listener, it speaks volumes.
7. A short fuse does nothing but burn. Should you find yourself with one, steer clear of others.
8. Never underestimate the message that's sent by your poise and posture.
9. Clothes count. Appropriate attire is not only respectful, its refreshing.
10. Let common sense be your guide and graciousness be your goal.
Now run along and enjoy your Friday, smile, and open the door for someone.