We all learned it at one point, but do you remember what the proper signal is for showing you are finished with a meal in a restaurant? When you have eaten your fill and are ready for your plate to be cleared, place your knife and fork diagonally across your plate with the handles resting at 4 o’clock. Another important […]
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When you’re on a train or a bus, which would you prefer: Overhearing one side of your seatmate’s cell phone conversation, or two sides of a face-to-face chat? Most people would rather hear the in-person conversation. Two new studies shed light on the reason why. First, a study in the journal Behavior & Information Technology reveals that people speak louder […]
On Friday night after work, I went to the salon to get my nails done. I spent my Saturday demo-ing crafts from my friend Sarah’s book, and well-manicured nails are a necessity when you’re teaching people how to sew all day long. As I normally do when I get my nails done, I brought my own polish—not because I’m overly concerned […]
We’ve all been there. Stuck at a party or a work function in a conversation that you desperately want to escape, but you can’t see a way to without being rude. Next time your find yourself in that conversation, remember that the easiest way out is to start with “I need.” Whether it’s “I need to get a snack, I haven’t […]
It seems like most of the news (not to mention tweets and facebook status updates) about airlines these days is negative. So, I was happy to read this story about an airline that held a plane for a passenger on his way to see his ill mother before she passed away. The passenger’s first flight was delayed and he would […]
Admittedly, yesterday was National Handwriting Day, but just because the “holiday” is over, doesn’t mean you should go back to tapping out all your meeting notes and thank yous on your laptop. There are actually several benefits to writing out notes and ideas by hand. The Week has compiled a list of four of them: 1. It’s better for learning. […]
Got a case of the winter blues? Doing something kind for someone else can help lift your spirits.