Did You Know? #3


Did You Know……The Ins and Outs of Doors

As you go through a door, look behind you and notice if another is following you through the doorway. It’s always nice to hold the door open for another if they are near. If the individual is faaaaaar away, no need to hold the door open. Those that are far away will feel compelled to sprint towards your kindness. This may not be convenient for them.

If two people approach a door at the same time, allow the older individual or the person with higher authority go first. Especially when going for an interview or a tour, let the guide/greeter go first. They may need to show you which direction to proceed.

Guys, as always, let the gals go first through the doorway. Be a gentleman and hold the door open for the ladies.

Ladies, these are modern times. If you arrive at the door first, for heaven’s sake – open it! Don’t wait around for a knight in shining armor. You could even hold the door for him until he arrives!

When holding a door open, move to the side. Do not stand in the doorway, making it difficult for the person to get through.

Parents, please teach your kids to hold the door for others. This is a way of teaching our youth to always being on the lookout to help others. Older children should always hold the doors for adults out of respect.

When a person says, “Thank you” for opening a door for them, make sure you use those magic words and reply with a smile and “You’re welcome.”

And when someone holds the door for you? That’s right – cue the smile and thank you

It’s the everyday courtesies that can make all the difference in the world.

Mind Your Manners,



  1. Hi Kelly,

    Hope your summer is going well. I have a question about “Did You Know #3. What if you hold the door for someone and they don’t say “thank you”? I find myself wanting to (and sometimes saying it) say “you are welcome” because it irritates me when people are so rude. Thanks!!

    • Kelly


      Great question. Trust me, I’ve had the same thought myself! It is frustrating when you do something nice for another and a simple “thank you” escapes their lips. Unfortunately, even an unprompted “you are welcome” most likely will fall on deaf ears in this situation. The saying of “Never allow others to dictate your behavior and grace” most certainly applies in this situation. Keep the every day kind gestures coming. The world could use more nice people like you!

  2. Thanks Kelly!!

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