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- Saying bless you to someone who sneezes.
- Not hovering too close in the grocery line.
- Not promoting yourself on someone else’s social media platform without consent.
- Not burning bridges with a current or potential customer in your community when you’re in business.
- Parking your car in the same direction as the car next to you—not in that weird 69 position so that your door hits the other car’s door in the wrong spot.
- Not stealing a parking spot when someone has been waiting.
- Not talking about someone when they leave the table.
- Not going behind someone’s back to befriend one of their friends for your own social agenda.
- Not being two-faced.
- Showing gratitude for those you love.
- Displaying gratitude in general.
- Honoring your word
- Being cognizant of other people’s limitations or life positions.
- Lowering your expectations.
- Saying please, thank you and I’m sorry. (And meaning it)
- Treating others with dignity and respect.
- Holding the door for someone behind you.
- Stepping outside to take a phone call.
- Letting someone go in front of you in line (and in a traffic lane).
- Waving thanks to those who do so.
- Coughing or sneezing with your mouth covered.
- Putting your phone away during meals.
- Being on time. (OK, I’m an epic fail at that one, but still trying.)
- Always RSVPing. Don’t be the person someone has to hunt down because you “forgot.” Believe me, they have 100 other things to do and chasing you for a response shouldn’t be one of them.
- Shaking hands firmly.
- Cleaning up after yourself.
- Taking a screaming child out of a restaurant.
- Waiting a day before reacting to a snarky email or text.
- Knocking before you enter.
- Reaching out to people who are grieving.
- Helping someone who is clearly struggling.
- Returning calls or texts.
- Never showing up empty-handed.
- Staying neutral in arguments that are none of your business.
- And last, but not least: Forgiving and making peace with those who have wronged us (one of the biggest gifts you can give yourself. Life is short but regret can last a lifetime.)