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Etiquette Self-Assessment for 2013

To kick off the new year, we’re beginning a series of posts entitled “More Manners” to guide you in assessing your personal level of Polish, Poise and Proper Behavior. We will feature various etiquette characteristics, and we ask that you consider your individual behavioral style and rate yourself from 1 to 5 (1 being Needs Work to 5 being Mastery).  We encourage you be honest with yourself, and when you discover that you might be a 1, 2 or 3 in any specific area, strive to improve that behavior and seek additional knowledge and guidance if needed. 

We hope each of you will learn a few new ideas, have fun contemplating how you present yourself to others and that you’ll take a moment to share your thoughts, questions and comments with us along the way!

More Manners #1: 
Smiles (feels joy) most of the time and projects a positive attitude in virtually all circumstances. 

Studies show that polite people are typically joy-filled people. Those who focus more on the positive side of situations tend to surf through challenges with greater ease. Most polite people make a conscious choice to be happy and to smile more often than smirk or frown. When sad, frustrating or hurtful situations present themselves, polite and joy-filled people take time to process the appropriate feelings and then choose to step forward toward focusing on the bright side, for even the most dire circumstances present a positive consequence that begs to be discovered.