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Today’s culture is more casual in how we speak and interact in any setting. There has been a significant change in etiquette expectations, as the Internet and social media has become part of everyday life. Media has contributed to the development of a culture of individualism and me-ism. Media leads the way in providing an example of how we speak and what we find as funny, even if it is very rude, negative, and mocking. Social and business expectations have changed as generations teach the next generation that the superiority of self over others is right, labeled as individualism rather than selfishness and self-centeredness. Likewise, casualness with etiquette is seen as more welcoming and productive than the respect and formality of old...

Dressing with Class
What is compromised by this casualness is etiquette and respect. With all the benefits that dressing casually and speaking informally seem to offer, the result is it is easier to slip into “too much comfort” in how we speak and act, becoming careless and thoughtless. Dressing up inadvertently seems to change the way a person speaks and acts. There is a certain respect for the person or event at hand when a person takes pride in dressing up. The overall presentation in how a person speaks and carries themself is generally positively affected. The communication is more appropriate, office talk is up a notch, and customers are placed once again on the pedestal they should be on, rather than as an inconvenience or subject to be hashed...

Etiquette Next for Trending
How can culture revert back to a standard of good etiquette and respectfulness for all? I’ve read books that suggest that the transformation needs to start at the core of the family. Families who have retained good values can impact those they interact with leading by example. This is slow but meaningful method for changing the entire world as people encounter an inspiration for better humanity on an individual basis. Trends are faster ways to change culture. If a social effort was started with ad campaigns, slogans, media, and national celebrities advocating a higher standard of etiquette to increase civility in our nation, this would be a more effective means and reach more people. For a nation that is screaming racism, citizens fail to see civility as an overall problem. We have defined it as an attack against only one race, but overall civility is lacking towards all, in how people interact with each other. The mass population fails to accept any number of differences in others because of race, color, belief, ability, religious or any other reason. Anything that is seen as not in status quo is not accepted. For a “melting pot” this is not in line with what our country is about. We need to appreciate the differences in all people and address them with respect, even if we disagree or are uncomfortable. By learning about individuals on an individual basis, we grow in appreciation for our commonalities with one another, and can find unity rather than division. A change in how we interact with each other, with proper civility, takes a commitment to a change in a standard of etiquette. How we view each other, with human dignity despite differences, how we speak to others about those we seem so different from and cannot seem to understand, and how we show respect in all situations of conflict can change our nation.

...Dressing up inadvertently seems to change the way a person speaks and acts. There is a certain respect for the person or event at hand when a person takes pride in dressing up. The overall presentation in how a person speaks and carries themself is generally positively affected. The communication is more appropriate, office talk is up a notch, and customers are placed once again on the pedestal they should be on, rather than as an inconvenience or subject to be hashed...

Dress for Success Personally and Professionally…
Care to dress up a little bit more for work or play. It doesn’t need to be a fashion statement, but let others know you care with your presentation. Even more importantly, bring how-respectfully-you-can-speak-to-others back into fashion—and button up when you aren't able to say something nice!

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I am a blogger from Dallas, TX who is passionate about seeing a revolution of change in society for a higher standard of respect and kindness. I have written articles for the last year and a half on topics related to this for a self-initiative I started called Clean Up Dallas with Culture and Kindness @cultureofkind. I recently have transferred this to Cherbloggin.com to earn income from articles with affiliate marketing while continuing to write on various topics. I also enjoy sharing product recommendations. Love to read and shop? @cherbloggin you'll find book recommendations, movies, gift ideas, and subscription offers. For your convenience, you’ll find a list of affiliate links at the end of each article. Article topics are on respect, kindness, etiquette, communication, education, and travel as well as product reviews. Follow on social media by subscribing on WordPress, and following on Pinterest, and Twitter! - Contact Cheryl at  
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