LYBLABCs: E is for Etiquette

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As part of my weekly LYBLABCs series — which rolls-out a core value aligned to Oprah’s Live Your Best Life philosophy found in O, the Oprah Magazine — here’s the latest virtue! 

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E is for Etiquette!

I don’t mean fussy etiquette, like the kind you learn at a Swiss finishing school such as how to peel an orange with cutlery (tho that’s kind of cool!)

I’m talking about good manners. How to make people feel special, and how to show consideration by following a code of good behavior.

Etiquette’s been around for centuries. The French nobility brought it into vogue when they threw such elaborate events that courtesans were issued strict guidelines on the social graces of dress, sport, dining, etc. And some of those rules still exist today, like the handshake, which was extended as a pledge of good faith to show that there were no concealed weapons.

My idea of good etiquette means taking responsibility for the well-being of others, and showing them that you’ve made an effort, even if you can’t offer them champagne and caviar. The intent of etiquette is to give everyone the impression that they’re the best person in the world, even if it sometimes means saving face to be polite. Manners maketh (wo)man!

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