more about: etiquette

How to Spot a Liar

You learned that honesty is the best policy as a child, but it seems like some people missed that day in kindergarten. If you suspect someone of fibbing to your face, look for these telltale signs of deceit. • Scratching their nose. The adrenaline rush of lying can cause capillaries to expand, making the nose itch. • Prolonged eye contact. […]

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Reality Check: A Rallying Cry Against Faux-Perfection on Social Media

I woke up feeling sick from a stupid cold that I can’t shake, and things frankly just got worse from there. During the night the puppy, who at the age of 13 months should really know better, got into the cabinet under the kitchen sink and ate the expensive-looking tube of mystery cream my husband gave me in my Christmas […]

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Forget to Give Someone a Holiday Card?

If you received season’s greetings from someone you forgot to put on your list, don’t fret. Plenty of people never get around to sending out holiday cards (isn’t there enough to do?!).

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Wednesday Trivia: The Least Favorite People to Shop For

We all have people on our holiday list who are difficult to shop for (or, who we just don’t like shopping for)—in fact, respondents of the 2013 Valpak Holiday Survey named their top three least favorite people to buy for: coworker, mother-in-law, and mail carrier. Not too surprisingly 28% of people said they only buy for this giftees out of […]

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Wednesday Trivia: The Most Courteous States

Do you seldom hear the phrases “please” or “thank you?” Any chance you live in Wisconsin? No, seriously: Some fun research from Marchex Institute reveals the most polite states (Hello, South Carolina!) and the most foul-mouthed states (*$#&, Ohio!), and more. The data was collected from other 600,000 phone calls placed by consumers to business across 30 industries, including cable […]

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A Stress-Busting Idea for Traveling With Kids

As if travelling with children isn’t difficult enough, the people who sit next to you for long trips on trains or planes may not always treat you with holiday cheer. To get off on the right foot with your nearby passengers, Mauria Finley, CEO Citrus Lane, recommends befriending would-be Scrooges before takeoff (and temper tantrums): “I once showed up with […]

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How Do You Find Balance in a Wired World?

Is your smartphone basically a family member? Do you tweet before you get out of bed? Be honest: At some point while reading this very post, did you stop to check your email? Real Simple and The Huffington Post have teamed up to learn how women balance (or not balance, as the case may be) their lives in our digital […]

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The Danger of Gifting Doodads

If you’re buying wedding presents and hostess gifts this summer (who isn’t?), here’s a useful piece of advice: Give a single gift (like a vase, or a mixer, or even a check), and leave off the fun extra doodad (think: the flower frog, the cheap picture frame, the spatula).  Why? According to a study in the Journal of Consumer Research, the recipient of […]

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When to Send Out Wedding Invitations

Once you’ve found the perfect invitation (you should be shopping around about six months before the big day) and settled on what it should say, it’s time to make it official and put the invites in the mail. But how far in advance should you send out wedding invitations?

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How Well Do You Know Your Table Etiquette?

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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