20 Secret Rules Everyone Should Live By (But Many Don’t)

Some things go without saying. If everyone followed these unspoken rules, the world would be a better place. Someone recently asked an online forum, “What are some unspoken rules that everyone should know?” Here are the top 20 answers.

Standing right in front of the door at an elevator

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“If you’re getting on an elevator, don’t stand right in front of the doors. It’s so rude. Especially in hospitals too!”

“I’m always surprised how many people don’t know this. But my mom worked in a hospital, so she pretty much taught me as soon as I could learn. People need to come out!”

Don’t have a conversation in the middle of a hallway

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“And don’t have a conversation in the middle of a hallway. It’s mind-blowing how some people are so unaware.”

“Ditto supermarket aisles.”

Don’t point out if someone has acne

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“Don’t point out if someone has acne. Believe me, they know.”

“If it’s something they cannot change immediatly, don’t mention it.”

Pause to let other people have a chance to speak

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“If you have been talking for two minutes straight, then you need to stop to give others a chance. If they continue on with your topic, then feel free to rejoin once they have finished. If they change the topic, then take the hint and let the conversation move on.”

“My father will literally talk on the phone for 45 minutes straight if you don’t interrupt. I’ve actually put down my phone for 5-10 minutes and left the room, came back, and he was still going.”

If your host slaps their knees and stands up, go home

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“If you’re at a party and the host slaps their knees and stands up, it’s time to go home.”

“Why don’t people know that? There have been many occasions when I just had to tell people to get out. I know it’s rude, but I mean, come on, it’s 2:00 or 3:00 in the morning, and you’re still at my house.”

Don’t take your socks off on a plane

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“This scenario is for little hot airplane feet with no regard for manners or the other little plane passengers aboard the flight.”

“@ the one guy on Alaska Airlines flying to Hawaii last February.”

Respect the rules of the country that you’re in

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“When traveling, respect the rules of the country that you’re in. Don’t expect the country to cater to you; expect the culture and people to be different from what you’re used to. You’re a guest in that country, so act as such.”

“When in Rome.”

Don’t have your phone out while on a date

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“So, I personally think there’s a valid exception on that rule for the ‘He doesn’t appear to be an ax murderer’ text(s) on a first internet date.”

“Or while hanging out with friends, you don’t see much. I couldn’t count the times I’ve had people stop by to visit but spend as much time texting on their phones as they did actually talking to me, the person they went out of their way to visit.”

Don’t make marks in a book that someone loaned to you

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“People who highlight and underline words and passages in books always creeped me out for some reason…”

“This is literally why God invented those tiny Post-it flags… So you don’t ruin other people’s stuff.”

Stand to the right on those moving walkways

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“In some countries, it’s keep left! There are even signs where I am that remind people that.”

“Typically, it’s the same side you would drive a car on.”

If a child says you have a call and hands you a banana, answer

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“On top of that, I have a full one-sided conversation on the banana, then eventually make it sound like the person on the other end is asking for the kid so I can say, ‘yeah, they are right here,’ and hand it back to them and say ‘it’s for you.’”

“Likewise, if a young child says you have a call and hands you a portable charger that doesn’t work anymore, you answer it.”

Never use a urinal directly next to another guy if possible

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“Why is this not being taught?! I keep encountering this… AND the rule regarding eyes forward at all times.”

“Oof yeah, this is a big one.”

Don’t smoke in enclosed spaces

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“Smoking in an enclosed space like an elevator will make it stink for hours afterward. If you are a smoker, you may not be aware of this because of what smoking does to your sense of smell, but the rest of us can tell.”

“More generally, be aware of the space you are in if you smoke.”

Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing

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“And if you’re going to be shaking hands, cough into the crook of your arm.”

“Do it into your elbow anyway. You’ll probably be touching common items with your hand at some point.”

Do not distract service dogs

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“If you see someone using a service animal, do not inquire about that person’s disability, and don’t try to get the dog’s attention. Assistance dogs are medical tools, and distractions can cause harm to the people that rely on them.”

“On a side note, if a service animal ever comes up to you alone, follow it, as its owner might need help.”

Don’t put too much cologne or perfume on

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“Don’t put on so much cologne or perfume that people who don’t want to smell it can.”

“And be aware that that’s ALWAYS less than you think. Whatever seems like the reasonable amount, cut that in half.”

If someone is in public wearing earbuds leave them alone

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“If someone is in public wearing earbuds leave them alone. There are days I’m all for engaging with people. But if I’m wearing visible earbuds and just rocking out, leave me alone.”

If someone lets you borrow their car, don’t bring it back empty

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“If someone’s let you borrow their car, you fill-up the tank. Don’t bring it back empty.”

If a woman quietly asks you to pretend to know her in public, do it

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“If a strange girl or woman comes up to you while you’re out and quietly asks you to act like you know her, guess what? You just ran into your best friend and just have to catch up with her!”

“That happened to me one time. A teenager asked me to pretend we knew each other. I’m much too young to be a mother, so I acted like she was my kid sister. A drunk guy was saying crass things to her, and I told him to go away. I don’t think he would actually have hurt her, but he was super gross, and you never know. People do some awful stuff.”

Always check your phone, keys, and wallet before leaving

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“Always check your phone, keys, and wallet before leaving a place.”

“Oh yeah! Don’t expect restaurant or bar staff to ‘find’ YOUR stuff! That’s on you!

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