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Friday, January 11, 2019

Back to Etiquette Basics

Back to Etiquette Basics
I was never taught much about etiquette growing up, in part because I was raised in an era that thought talk of manners was elitist and hypocritical. But then, many years ago now, my wife and I began reading Miss Manners and discovered there is actually thoughtful social philosophy behind the rules. From a Christian perspective, of course, good manners are one way to love the neighbor—helping others feel comfortable, not doing things that needlessly offend, and so forth. Once in a while, I run across a reminder of some point of etiquette on which I might improve. Like “How to Write an Effective Thank You Letter,” the summary of which is “We don’t have to be great artists to send effective thank you notes: we just need to locate and hold on tightly to two or three highly detailed reasons for our gratitude.”
Grace and peace,

Mark GalliMark Galli
Mark Galli
Editor-in-Chief, Christianity Today

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