IGNORING TRAFFIC RULES TO BE POLITE
You may think you’re acting like a total saint when you’re “waving people” to go first in traffic, but you’re really just causing unneeded confusion. Obey the traffic rules, and go when it’s your turn!
REFUSING A GIFT
Accepting a gift is a lot like accepting a compliment. You should always accept it graciously. Refusing to accept a gift is seriously rude, even though you might think you’re being humble. They went through all the trouble of buying the gift for you. The least you can do is accept it.
OPENING CANDY SLOWLY IN A MOVIE THEATER
Okay, so we all know that opening a bag of candy in the movie theater can be obnoxiously loud. That being said, there’s an art to doing it quietly. Despite what you might think, opening that bag of candy as slowly as possible doesn’t make it more polite. Instead, you’re just prolonging the noise.
GIVING PEOPLE MEDICAL ADVICE ABOUT THEIR CONDITION
You might think that you’re helping others by giving them medical advice, but before you open your mouth, ask yourself this: Are you a medical expert? No? Well then maybe you should keep your unprofessional opinions to yourself.
NOT TAKING NO FOR AN ANSWER
Insisting that someone stays for dinner or tries some of your cake isn’t as polite as you might think. Did you ever stop to ask yourself if maybe that person genuinely isn’t hungry? Why force it upon them?
TALKING TO THE ELDERLY LIKE CHILDREN
An adult who has lived on this earth for almost a century deserves a little respect. Speaking to them as if they’re somehow incapable of thinking for themselves isn’t caring – it’s incredibly rude.
SMALL TALK AT THE DENTIST
Even though you might think that it’s polite to engage in conversation with your dentist, the truth of the matter is that they need to get on with their work. It’s probably best to save the small talk for after the procedure is finished.