This article by the Yorkshire Post suggests that good manners are on the decline, and we think that’s a little bit sad. So, we’ve got a little bit of a challenge for you all (and we’re going to do it too, don’t worry!). There’s a list below of the good manners that are thought to be dying out, and we’d like you all to try and make sure that – for the next week at least – you try and abide by all of them. If you like, tweet us every time you feel like you’ve elevated your manners (or even better, every time you experience someone else’s good manners!).

Here’s the list:

  1. Not using your phone when at the table
  2. ‘Ladies first’
  3. Never swearing
  4. Saying ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ when requesting something
  5. Keeping elbows off the table when eating a meal
  6. Giving up your seat on public transport to someone who may need it more than you
  7. Holding the door open for people who may be behind you
  8. Waiting for your host to seat you at a meal
  9. Shaking hands when you greet someone
  10. Covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze
  11. Saying ‘sorry’, even for minor things
  12. Chewing with your mouth closed
  13. Waiting for everyone to be served their meal before you start eating
  14. Saying excuse me to get someone’s attention
  15. Taking your place in a queue without pushing in
  16. Knocking on closed doors before you enter
  17. Holding your knife and fork in what is deemed the ‘correct’ way
  18. Queuing in single file when waiting in a line
  19. Making eye contact when you greet someone
  20. Placing the cutlery in the middle of your plate when you have finished eating

We think we do quite a lot of these already (though some of us in the office might struggle a little bit with the swearing). Let us know how you do!