Welcome to contemporary etiquette! The world of etiquette is an expansive place and it spans back to beyond yesteryear’s great grandmother. Etiquette, by general definition, is the unspoken set of rules for behaving properly and was first mentioned in the English language in 1750. Fast forward to 1922, Emily Post entered the etiquette world writing the bestselling: Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home and the life has never been the same. Fast forward again to the 1980’s, when Martha Stewart gave a fresh face to the old and tired world of domestic bliss with her modern versions of cooking and entertaining. This completes our history lesson of the day!
Today’s world of etiquette is not made of the starch white stiff rules that our grandmothers followed to a “T”. As the times have changed, we have relaxed and enhanced some of those rules to better fit into today’s fast paced but more casual lifestyle. Contemporary etiquette is more about respect, common sense and a touch of class. You don’t have to know the fine art of table place settings or be a member of the country club to be a modern domestic diva; you just have to know the fine line between classic and cheap.
Here are a few highlights of today’s etiquette standards:
- Look presentable- Looking sharp doesn’t mean you have to shop at the finest boutiques; it means you dress with modesty in classic styles.
- Eat politely- Don’t eat with your mouth open or talk with food in your mouth and keep the elbows off the table when eating.
- Treasure your friends- GNO (Girls Night Out) is happening all the time for a reason; the bond of sisterhood with friends can carry you through all of life’s ups and downs.
- Know the value of laughter- Especially in these hard economic times, it is important to find happiness and understand that life can still be like a box of chocolates. Laughter is free and can lift spirits more than you might think.
- Don’t set your standards too high- If you set your standards too high, the stress to maintain the standards might cause you more harm than good. If your standards are more attainable you may just build confidence by surpassing your own goals.
The topics discussed in Contemporary Etiquette stretch across the spectrum. They will make you feel good, give you a giggle, and maybe even teach you a little something!
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