Etiquette

What Having a Pen Pal Taught Me About the Value of Handwritten Cards

A years-long correspondence with my uncle made me fall in love with sending cards.

10 Rules for Small Talk

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

7 Common Hosting Mistakes (and How to Avoid Them)

Even the most casual get-together requires some planning and prep. Avoid these common summertime hosting mistakes to make sure your event runs smoothly so your gathering stays festive and fun.

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.

5 Ways You’re Driving Your Coworkers Crazy

You already know not to chat 
on the phone at top volume or 
file your nails at your desk. 
(Right? Right?) If you truly want 
to respect your office mates, 
here’s what else to work on.

10 Ways to Be a Better Guest

You know to say please and thank you and not bring up the hostess’s recent breakup. But if you really want to shine—and be invited back next year—take note of these simple rules.

I Lost All of the Contacts on My Cell Phone!

Follow these tips on how to retrieve lost contacts.

7 Tips for Sharing Spaces Courteously

Real Simple's modern manners columnists Catherine Newman (etiquette expert and author of the parenting memoir Waiting for Birdy) and Michelle Slatalla (professor at the Columbia University School of Journalism and former columnist for the New York Times) give you the most mannerly moves for situations where there's little space to move at all.

3 Expert Tips to Handle Oversharers

How to deal with a case of TMI.