Is bad behavior the new normal? How do we change it?
"Each of us has the power to make the planet a more hospitable, pleasant, caring, and safe place to live.... It starts with respecting others and recognizing their right to be here. Saving Civility is about how we contribute to society and work together--locally and globally--with greater respect, awareness, understanding, and acceptance of one another. A polite planet embodies a worldview of a civilized society--one that is enlightened and empathetic."
--from the Introduction
Cyberbullying, hostile and polarizing political infighting, and tasteless and tactless behavior may be on the rise, but it doesn't have to be this way. Sara Hacala, a certified etiquette and protocol consultant, offers a definitive look at what civility means and how it can change the nature of everyday interaction. She goes beyond a superficial discussion of proper manners to present civility as a mind-set that encompasses values and attitudes that help you embrace your connections to others and repair society. Tapping the wisdom of ancient spiritual luminaries as well as the latest social science research, she provides fifty-two practical ways you can reverse the course of incivility and make the world a more enriching, pleasant place to live.
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Deeply disturbed by outlandish celebrity behavior, bullying, and the erosion of privacy, certified etiquette and protocol consultant Hacala responds with a guidebook to help counteract these trends and make the world a more civilized place. In a similar vein to Bruce Weinstein's Ethical Intelligence and Dale Carnegie & Associates' How To Win Friends and Influence People in the Digital Age (also reviewed here), this title emphasizes creating connections with other people. Hacala urges her readers to smile, listen to others, and respect their boundaries, while advising them to try to see themselves as others see them. She includes abundant examples and relevant quotations from well-known leaders. While Hacala's book will be of interest to readers in their teens and above, those who are incensed with reality TV celebrities and hostile radio hosts will find a kindred spirit. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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