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50 Important Social Etiquette Rules Everyone Should Follow

Etiquette isn’t reserved for Southerners and country folks only. Every human being who has to exist in a social setting must follow these simple rules. They’re constitutional laws, but they form a customary code of polite behavior that everyone is expected to act out in a social setting. They make a person appear more disciplined, cultured, and refined.


There’s no special school a person should enroll in to learn these things, though they’re often inculcated in the high school curriculum. They are simply learned from observation as a person grows, but they’re dying away in this century.

Here are fifty of the most important etiquette rules everyone should always try to follow.

  • Always use the magic words ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as required. You appear rude when you don’t.
  • Flash a smile at everyone. Your staff, co-workers, waiters, attendants, and drivers.
  • Hold the door for the person behind you, even if you are a lady. If someone holds the door for you, say ‘thank you’ with a smile.
  • Excuse yourself from a public place to take phone calls. Don’t subject everyone to listening in.
  • Be nice to people who are nasty to you. Assume something frustrating is going on in their lives, so you can only channel the emotion of pity toward them.


  • Look directly at the person conversing with you. Don’t look at your phone or the TV.
  • If the person behind you on a queue seems particularly in a hurry, let them go ahead of you. They’ll have a burst of joy at that selfless gesture.
  • Duck into your elbow when you feel a sneeze or the need to cough. It’s humanitarian to keep the germ spread to a minimum.
  • Do your best to remember the names of your acquaintances. At a restaurant, request the name of a waiter and address them by it.


  • If someone sends you a gift, don’t type a ‘thank you’ note to send back. Handwrite it. It means you truly appreciate their efforts.
  • Don’t use your phone during meals. It simply means the company is not good enough.
  • Always be punctual. It’s unfair to keep others waiting.
  • If your pets make a mess, be sure to thoroughly clean it up. You don’t enjoy stepping on poop, so don’t subject others to the ugly fate.


  • Always respond to an invitation immediately. It’s necessary so the organizer knows how to plan.
  • If you want to make a post featuring someone else on social media, seek their permission.
  • Avoid using vulgar words and foul language, even when you’re in a rage. Kids could be around the corner.
  • Don’t disturb the tranquility of the workplace. Speak in low tones and reduce the sound on all devices to avoid startling others.


  • With a smile, shake hands firmly and look them in the eye as you do this. You seem snobbish when you merely graze fingers hurriedly.
  • If your lunch is too aromatic, don’t eat in the open workplace. Go to the break room or step outside.
  • Dress appropriately for every occasion. You can wear your sinful minis and heels to the club but not to a burial. And don’t wear white to a wedding. It’s reserved for the bride.


  • Use your left-right indicator while turning. It saves lives out there on the road.
  • No one will know if you didn’t, but always wash your hands after using the bathroom. It’s unfair to others if you don’t.
  • To avoid causing unnecessary traffic, park your shopping cart on the side of the aisle.
  • It’s actually required that you seek permission before using someone’s first name. If nothing else, it leaves a good impression on them.
  • Wherever you go, clean up after yourself. Wash your glass after a drink, or at least offer to do so.


  • If someone sends you an insulting or rude text or email, wait a day before replying. By then, you’d have thought up a mature reply. You don’t have to stoop to their level.
  • With a slight lift and not a noisy slide, push your chair in when you leave a table. It’ll only take three seconds.
  • Seek permission from your host before bringing someone else. Don’t subject them to last-minute adjustments.
  • Even if you’re painstakingly hungry and the food is divine, wait until everyone else is served before you dig in.


  • Consider the feelings of your host and don’t turn down your nose at any dish during dinner. Don’t announce your dislike for something in the presence of others.
  • Master the art of sitting properly. Keep your legs politely crossed if you’re wearing a skirt or a gown. In the presence of a clergyman or woman, keep them crossed at the ankles.
  • If you’re are contagiously sick, stay at home. Everyone else doesn’t have to fall sick too.
  • Knock and wait till you’re summoned in before you enter. It’s important to always consider the privacy of others.


  • The three foremost table manners that should never be forgotten are: chew with your mouth closed, fold your napkin on your laps, and keep your elbows off the table.
  • Reach out to bereaved friends, co-workers, and acquaintances. After the ordeal, they’ll come to remember the people who were there for them. Aside from that, it’s true love to mourn with someone else.
  • Allow the people in the elevator, on the bus or on the train to step out before you get in. Last time I checked, they were there before you.


  • Teach your kids good manners, so they don’t embarrass other people. If you do things properly, they are naturally inclined to learn.
  • Don’t disturb others at the movies. Keep your ringer down and speak in extremely low tones if you must.
  • If someone is struggling to open something or reach a high shelf, offer your assistance. You’ll be making the world a better place.
  • Always show heartfelt appreciation to a war veteran. They put their lives on the line so you could live yours peacefully.


  • Even if they won’t eat it, bring food, snacks, or fruits along with you on a condolence or sick call.
  • Clean each machine you use at the gym. Sweat is icky.
  • Don’t leave your shopping cart in the parking lot even if everyone else does it. Take it back to the store entrance or to the corral.
  • It’s wrong and uncouth to groom in a public place. Find the convenience or powder room to put on lip gloss, brush your hair, clip your nails or floss your teeth.


  • Don’t embarrass others at dinner parties. No one likes to be asked when they’re having their second child or to be reminded that they’ve gained so much weight.
  • Even if it wasn’t your fault, learn to say, ‘I’m sorry’. Two short syllables and it’s over.
  • Greet everyone when you step into a room.
  •  It’s important to always return your calls. Someone doesn’t just send you a voice mail for the fun of it.
  • Always bring something to a party or to dinner. Your host will appreciate it.
  • If you’re a guest staying night(s) at someone’s house, be a pleasant one. Make your bed, be quick in the bathroom, help out around the house, and keep the noise down. Buy them a gift on the day of your departure.

Source: inspiretochange