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Saving civility : 52 ways to tame rude, crude, & attitude for a polite planet
    Hacala, Sara, 1949-
Publisher: SkyLight Paths Publishing,
Pub date: 2011.
Pages: vii, 231 p. ;
ISBN: 9781594733147
Item info: 1 copy available at Elmira - Central (Steele) Library.
Elmira - Central (Steele) Library Copies Material Location
395.53 H117 1 Adult NonFiction Book Standard shelving location

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. From: Reed Elsevier Inc. Copyright Reed Business Information
Table of Contents
   The Rise of Rude, Crude, and Attitude
   How We're All Part of the Problem p. 1
   How Rude Can You Be? p. 5
   The Disconnect p. 10
   Incivility Bites p. 22
   The Polite Planet Action Guide
   How You Can Be Part of the Solution
   1 Know Who You Are p. 35
   2 Live in the Present Moment p. 38
   3 Smile p. 41
   4 See Yourself as Others See You p. 45
   5 Sharpen Your Social Antenna p. 48
   6 Respect the Boundaries of Others p. 51
   7 Listen Up p. 55
   8 Discern the Right Meaning p. 59
   9 Strike a Tone p. 61
   10 Recognize the Power of Words p. 64
   11 Hold Your Tongue p. 68
   12 Resist Rhetoric p. 72
   13 Disagree Agreeably p. 75
   14 Keep a Negotiation on Track p. 79
   15 Don't Burn Bridges p. 82
   16 Set Your Moral Compass p. 84
   17 Build Trust p. 86
   18 Strive for Truth p. 89
   19 Take the High Road p. 92
   20 Laugh at Least Once a Day p. 94
   21 Just Be Nice! p. 98
   22 Cultivate Optimism p. 101
   23 Embrace Kindness p. 105
   24 Live Generously p. 108
   25 Practice Gratitude p. 113
   26 Embody Enough p. 117
   27 Adapt Adeptly p. 122
   28 Practice Patience p. 125
   29 Drive Gently on the Road p. 128
   30 Pick Your Battles Wisely p. 131
   31 Remember What Your Mother Taught You p. 133
   32 Teach Your Children Well p. 136
   33 Bring Back the Magic p. 140
   34 Mind Your Cybermanners p. 143
   35 Time It Right p. 146
   36 Delight Your Host, Please Your Guest p. 149
   37 Dress to Fit p. 153
   38 Apologize p. 156
   39 Learn to Forgive p. 161
   40 Celebrate Diversity p. 165
   41 Travel Often and Well p. 168
   42 Consider Your Fellow Travellers p. 172
   43 Practice Nonviolence p. 174
   44 Judge Not Thy Neighbor p. 176
   45 Play Fair and Everyone Wins p. 178
   46 Put All Hands on Deck p. 180
   47 Choose Your Heroes Wisely p. 183
   48 Enhance Your Likeability p. 186
   49 Work at Workplace Civility p. 189
   50 Grow a Very Big Heart p. 193
   51 Reel in What's Real p. 198
   52 Plant a Seed p. 200
   A Call to Action
   Plea for a Polite Planet p. 205
   Acknowledgments p. 213
   Notes p. 217
   References p. 223
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Data source OCoLC
Fixed field data 110516s2011 vtu b 000 0 eng
LCCN 2011020140
ISBN 9781594733147 (pbk.) : $16.99
ISBN 1594733147 (pbk.)
Authentication code pcc
LC Call Number BJ1533.C9 H33 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification Number 395 23
Personal Author Hacala, Sara, 1949-
Title Saving civility : 52 ways to tame rude, crude, & attitude for a polite planet / Sara Hacala.
Publication info Woodstock, Vt. : SkyLight Paths Publishing, 2011.
Physical description vii, 231 p. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography note Includes bibliographical references.
Subject term Courtesy.
Subject term Etiquette.
Held by ELMIRA