Real Talk: Is it Ever Okay to Tell a Little White Lie?

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UPDATED June 5th, 2018  Just about everyone has told at least one little white lie in his or her lifetime. Many of us tell them all the time without even realizing it. For instance, anytime someone asks you if they look fat or saying yes…

Business Etiquette: How to Rectify Awkward Office Blunders

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UPDATED June 17th, 2017 We all have awkward encounters from time to time. We say things that we don’t mean, we make a (literal and figurative) mess, we forget people’s names, we go in for a hug when a handshake would do just fine…we…

The Subtle Art of Writing the Perfect Thank You Notes

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Never underestimate the power and elegance of a thank you written down on stationary. Perfect thank you notes are material evidence that you are genuinely thankful for a present, a favor, or for walking your dog when you were in the hospital.…

'Best Regards vs. 'Sincerely': Tips on Email Sign-Offs

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Do you agonize over how to close your emails? Email sign-offs can be tricky — they're less formal than a written letter (does anyone send those anymore?) and more formal than a text. With no inflection, it can be challenging to convey the…

Aggressive Driving: How to Wrangle Your Road Rage Once and For All

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Every motorist has either been guilty of aggressive driving or been the victim of it. Most of us have been on both sides of this dangerous, but ever more common, situation. Increasingly distracted drivers on increasingly congested roads are…

In Defense of Using Your Handwriting

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In a world of keyboards, handwriting is quickly becoming a quaint relic from the olden days. Typing is so much faster, our entire lives are captured in mobile devices, it's hard to imagine why anyone would bother beyond the occasional thank-you…

Airplane Travel Etiquette: For Everyone's Sake

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The importance of travel etiquette really can't be overstated. For those who don't go first class (most of us!) airplanes are only getting more crowded and cramped. Traveling with the entire fam is tough enough under the best circumstances…

How to Elegantly Evade Awkward Political Debates

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The 2016 presidential campaign has sparked more political debate — on screen and in real life — than we've seen in ages. With so much wall-to-wall coverage and so many provocative sound bites from the candidates (one in particular...)…

9 Ways to Give Gifts to Total Strangers this Year

It’s hard enough getting presents for people you actually know, but what about gifts for strangers? Hard. If you are participating in a Secret Santa with coworkers or celebrating the holidays with people you’ve never met before, here are…