When you were growing up, did you mother always tell you to hold the door for others, to say please and thank you, and to put the toilet seat down?   Mama was trying to raise you right, in the sense of being respectful to others.

Much of how we act as adults goes back to how well you listened when you were young.  Perhaps you've made an effort to up your game as you moved into adulthood, and changed your rude ways.

No matter what, here are some secrets to being classy, especially in New England, where education is so important in social circles.

Pay attention to these social cues to up your ante in getting respect.

  • Be on time.  Let me put it another way.  Don't be late.
  • RSVP to invitations.  This shows respect for the person who wants you at the event.
  • When in a social circle and new people join, make the introductions.  It's rude to assume everyone knows each other.
  • Gossiping about others.  This is a big one, because people will think you gossip about them when they are not around too.  This makes you untrustworthy.
  • Using malapropisms.  It's not a "mute" point, it's a "moot" point.  Using the wrong pronunciation or words in a sentence makes you look uneducated.
  • Talk about other topics other than yourself ad nauseam.  Nobody wants to hear you go on and on about yourself.  Be more well-rounded.
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    • Don't start eating until everyone at the table has been served. With that, don't talk with your mouth full, and don't pick at your teeth in front of others.
    • Don't be checking your phone constantly while having conversations with others.  It's rude.  Equally as rude is having to post every little thing about your life.  Focus and enjoy the moment.  Truly listen to the other person.
    • Sneezing is inevitable, but not all over everyone else. Sneeze into your arm.  Avoid spraying everyone with your germs.

    Don't think being classy equates to being rich.  Plenty of wealthy people have very poor social habits, and many lower class folks are truly polite and respect others.  It's not about the dollars signs attached to your name. It's about your own self-worth and respect for other humans.

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