More Etiquette

What Not to Do or Say to a Breast Cancer Patient

The right words can soothe; the wrong ones can sting. Survivors reveal what they found more hurtful than helpful.

10 Rules for Small Talk

Know what to say in a social situation―and when and how to say it.

10 Things to Say to Keep the Peace

From family mediator Laurie Puhn, simple phrases that will help you avoid arguments.

5 Ways to Let Someone Down Easy

Every day, we have to say no to people. Yet turning folks down never seems to get any easier, even if all we’re declining is a simple movie invitation. Here, five experts share their best outs.

Easy Ways to Exit Awkward Conversations

Learn how to gracefully and painlessly remove yourself from sticky social scenarios.

How Can I Politely Express My Dietary Needs?

Try these tips for dealing with tricky food restrictions.

Your Roommate Troubles, Solved

Real Simple’s etiquette expert offers her best advice for when you (really) wish you could afford your own place.

7 Ways to Handle Embarrassment

Everyone agrees embarrassment can be excruciating. But is the emotion all bad? Discover its surprising upside—and learn how to get over it more easily—with this expert advice for kids and adults.

3 Ways to Write the Perfect Note

At a loss for words? These tips―and examples―will help you write a heartfelt message.