Tips for good social etiquette

  • Your attitude will determine how well you will be perceived by others.
  • Use good manners and be polite and respectful.
  • Look at people when you talk to them.
  • Genuinely thank others for their efforts. If you are in someone’s home and sharing a meal, you could offer assistance to prepare the food or wash up.
  • Body language: if you are slumped down, fidgeting or using your phone when someone is talking with you, then you are demonstrating that you don’t care about them or what they are saying. Don’t be surprised if this is the attitude and body language you receive back.
  • Use your best smile.
  • Take your glasses, hat or hood off, especially when greeting older people. This is an important mark of respect to the older generations.
  • Monitor your own behaviour, if you display demanding or aggressive attitudes your social invitations will slowly diminish and that can be lead to a lonely life.
  • Speak your mind in a friendly manner, but also be prepared to listen and learn from differing opinions.
  • If you have been wrong or hurt someone, give a genuine apology. If you are only saying sorry because you have been told to or without meaning it then it is worthless for both people involved. A real apology is an opportunity to reflect on what went wrong and learn from the mistake.
  • Enjoy spending time with others.
  • Don’t judge others, by looks, financial status or body image you probably don’t know what circumstances they come from.
  • Don’t discriminate by race, religion, sexuality or gender. Learning about other cultures and ways of life is awesome for your life experience.
  • Be fair and decent to others and you will receive the same back.