Gracious Living

The Art of Making Conversation as We Return to Socializing

By |2022-05-02T15:03:24-05:00May 2nd, 2022|Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Culture, Gracious Living, Houseguest Etiquette, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Office Culture, Relationship Building, Relationships, Social Etiquette, United States, Workplace Etiquette|

  Photo by fauxels from Pexels by Sharon Schweitzer, Culture & Etiquette Coach As more folks are headed to work mixers, neighborhood cookouts, and soccer games with the kiddos, we are receiving questions about making conversation. What are the best ways to introduce yourself and others in a social or work gathering? How [...]

Regifting Customs & Etiquette in the US

By |2021-12-17T10:33:01-06:00December 16th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, gift-giving, Gracious Living, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Image by Julia Volk on Pexels Regifting occurs when someone gives a gift that was previously given to them by someone else. At its heart, regifting lacks integrity because the original gift recipient is repurposing a gift that was especially chosen just for them – to a different person. In U.S. culture, regifting [...]

7 Tips for Graciously Navigating Politics at Thanksgiving

By |2021-11-09T14:16:37-06:00November 9th, 2021|Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Modern Manners, Politics, United States|

Photo by RODNAE Productions from Pexels Your brined turkey is perfectly prepared, and your sauces are expertly simmered. Your home is thoroughly sanitized. ‘Tis the night before Thanksgiving; you and your sous chef have planned an excellent celebration. The only concern is guest behavior. You break out in a cold sweat with memories [...]

Eat Better, Eat Together Month

By |2021-10-13T08:02:12-05:00October 13th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Dining, Gracious Living, Modern Manners|

Image by Mindy Hofman This is the third blog post by our guest blogger Mindy Hofman - please read her bio. A time to reflect on the benefits of sharing healthy meals with your friends or family, October is National Eat Better, Eat Together Month. As a single parent it can be challenging [...]

Celebrating Intergeneration Day 2021

By |2021-09-27T14:20:12-05:00October 1st, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Family time, Gracious Living|

Photo by Karolina Grabowska from Pexels How do we connect generations for better communication and sharing gratitude? In anticipation of Intergeneration Day, on Sunday, October 3, we share some ideas for celebration. It’s interesting to note that the origin of last month’s Intergeneration celebration began in the year 2000 with Ms. Sandy Kraemer [...]

5 Tips for Celebrating World Gratitude Day 2021

By |2021-09-14T10:49:52-05:00September 20th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Gracious Living, International Observances|

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay 5 Tips for Celebrating World Gratitude Day 2021 In 1965 the official start of World Gratitude Day began at the East-West Center in Honolulu, Hawaii. A meditation guru named Sri Chinmoy, who also served as director of the United Nations Meditation Group, was hosting a Thanksgiving dinner to honor a group. During [...]

5 Tips for Self-Improvement 2021

By |2021-08-20T18:00:57-05:00September 2nd, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Gracious Living, Lifestyle|

Photo by Vlada Karpovich from Pexels Self-Improvement is the search to become a better person in life. The Oxford Advanced American Dictionary defines self-improvement as “the process by which a person improves their knowledge, status, character, etc. by their own efforts.” This may involve improving mental and physical health within your personal and professional life. Some examples include enhancing nutrition, [...]

8 Culture & Etiquette Tips for National Courtesy Month

By |2021-08-17T12:19:03-05:00August 30th, 2021|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Modern Manners|

Photo by Prasanth Inturi from Pexels Three things in human life are important: The first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; the third is to be kind.                 ~Henry James, American-British Author In our evolving Covid-19 world, it’s not hard to find rude people. You’ll encounter them at home, online, at school, and [...]

9 Etiquette Tips for National Cell Phone Courtesy Month 2021

By |2021-06-24T14:43:28-05:00June 30th, 2021|Business Etiquette, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

  Image by Leo_65 from Pixabay Mobile phones are an integral part of our everyday life and leaving home without them can leave us feeling naked and even anxious. July is National Cell Phone Courtesy Month, and it’s the perfect time to reflect on our mobile habits. Let’s maximize the benefits of our [...]

How to be a Gracious House Guest in the US During a Pandemic

By |2021-04-05T16:32:00-05:00April 5th, 2021|Gracious Living, Lifestyle|

Image: stock.adobe.com By Jacob Lund Before agreeing to be a houseguest, remember that the CDC is still advising those in the United States to limit interactions with others outside of their homes. Determining when we can resume social activities like being a houseguest, depends on state and local regulations, where we live, and community transmission [...]

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