15 Basic Social Etiquette Rules that May Help You

Etiquettes help us manifest our social personalities in the most well mannered way.

1. Don’t call someone more than twice continuously. If they don’t pick up your call. It’s better to presume they have something important to attend to.

2. Return money that you have borrowed even before the person that borrowed you remember or ask for it. This shows that you have integrity and character. It also doesn’t have to be when you borrow money, other borrowed things are applicable here.

3. Never order the expensive dish on the menu when someone is giving you a lunch/dinner except they told you to.

4. Don’t ask awkward questions like ‘Oh so you aren’t married yet?’ Or ‘Don’t you have kids’ or ‘Why didn’t you buy a house?’ Or why don’t you buy a car? It isn’t your problem.

5. Always open the door for the person coming behind you. It doesn’t matter if it is a guy or a girl, senior or junior. You don’t grow small by treating someone well in public.

6. If you take a taxi with a friend and he/she pays now, try paying next time.

7. Respect different shades of opinions. It may be 6 to you but 9 to someone facing you.

8. Never interrupt people talking. Allow them to pour it out. As they say, hear them all and filter them all before you unleash whatever it is you can’t seem to wait to pour all out.

9. If you tease someone, and they don’t seem to enjoy it, stop it and never do it again. It encourages one to do more and it shows how appreciative you are.

10. Say “thank you” when someone is helping you.

11. There’s almost never a reason to comment on someone’s weight. Just say, “You look fantastic.” If they want to talk about losing weight, they will.

12. When someone shows you a photo on their phone, don’t swipe left or right. You never know what’s next.

13. If a colleague tells you they have a doctors’ appointment, don’t ask what it’s for, just say “I hope you’re okay”. Don’t put them in the uncomfortable position of having to tell you their personal illness. If they want you to know, they’ll do so without your inquisitiveness;

14. Treat the cleaner with the same respect as the CEO. Nobody is impressed at how rude you can treat someone below you but people will notice if you treat them with respect.

15. If a person is speaking directly to you, staring at your phone is rude. Maybe you can politely tell them off or try concentrating. It’s usually not that hard.


16.  Mind your business unless anything involves you directly – just stay out of it.

17. Remove your sunglasses if you are talking to anyone in the street. It is a sign of respect. Moreso, eye contact is as important as your speech.

18. Never talk about your riches in the midst of the poor. Similarly, don’t talk about your children in the midst of the barren.

19. After reading a good message try to say “Thanks for the message”.


  1. I haven’t even completed reading but number 2!!!!!!😩😩
    I borrowed this guy money…. when he asked for it he was so humble but I had to remind him TWICE before he finally sent my money back…. it’s a very annoying thing

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