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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: SkyLight Paths; 1 edition (August 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1594733147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1594733147
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #955,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Insightful … goes beyond platitudes about the importance of treating one another with respect to practical, everyday advice…. An important resource guide for work, home and travel…. An appeal to the spirit, and a call for compassion and grace."
Kerry Kennedy, president, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights

"In a cacophonous world increasingly made more unsettling by thoughtlessness, discourtesy and plain old-fashioned rudeness, Sara Hacala doesn't just moan about our modern boorishness, she shows us how we can start being more kind and gentle to one another.
Frank Deford, NPR commentator and author

“[Illustrates how] respect, courtesy [and] consideration … can make a huge difference in your life and in the lives of those around you. Civility is not dead, and this book will help ensure it's here to stay!"
Linda Kaplan Thaler, CEO and CCO,The Kaplan Thaler Group;
bestselling author with Robin Koval,The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World with Kindness

“A must read!... [To] treat people well with trust, dignity and respect … will never go out of fashion and has its own just rewards in the end.”
Jack Mitchell, CEO, Mitchell Family of Stores; bestselling author,
Hug Your Customers and Hug Your People

“Ardent and persuasive…. Penetrating analysis about the dearth of polite conduct in our society … offers cogent solutions that are easy to understand and adopt…. Extensive research … adds impact and credibility to this much-needed antidote to our national malaise…. America needs this book!”
Sybil Steinberg, former Publishers Weekly Forecasts editor

“Provide[s] an antidote [to incivility], a compendium of helpful suggestions for acting and communicating with civility in every phase of our lives.”
Rev. Charles L. Currie, SJ, president, Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities

“A wonderful guide to building a culture of character and a challenge to all of us to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem…. A [delightful] how-to manual for living well and adding to the quality of the lives of everyone around us. Reading it makes you feel good about being a member of the human family.”
Thomas Lickona, director, Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility),
State University of New York; author, Character Matters

“Loaded with great practical strategies for living more civil, rewarding, richer lives…. Makes a compelling case for how individuals and society benefit from civility.”
Christine Porath, professor, Georgetown University; co-author, The Cost of Bad Behavior

“A wise and engaging discussion about the transformative powers of conduct, connectivity and cooperation. Packed full of practical ideas … offers small steps we can all take that can ultimately change our lives and our world.”
Rev. Susan Sparks, senior pastor, Madison Avenue Baptist Church, New York City;
author, Laugh Your Way to Grace: Reclaiming the Spiritual Power of Humor

“Chances are you need to read this book. We are losing our civility and with it our society. Sara Hacala just might be able to save both.”
Rabbi Rami Shapiro, author, The Sacred Art of Lovingkindness: Preparing to Practice

“Commonsense simple … user friendly. I guarantee you’ll adopt [these] methods and feel better for it.”
Nelle Nugent, Broadway producer

“Compelling, inspiring and practical … concrete actions you can do today.”
Tim Koller, partner, McKinsey & Company; author, Value: The Four Cornerstones of Corporate Finance

About the Author

Sara Hacala, a frequent speaker around the United States on the topic of civility, is president of Sara Hacala & Associates LLC, which provides full-service training and seminars in all aspects of business etiquette, manners and civility for corporate personnel, university students and individuals. She is author of Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude and Attitude for a Polite Planet. She also works in high schools with "at-risk" students, teaching vital interpersonal skills to help them access the business arena and increase their opportunities for success. A world traveler and consummate hostess, she is a graduate of the Protocol School of Washington.

Sara Hacala is available to speak on the following topics:

  • Is Bad Behavior the New Normal? How Can We Change It?
  • How to Disagree Agreeably
  • Kids' Social Skills: How They Impact Their Success
  • Work at Workplace Civility

More About the Author

Sara Hacala, a frequent speaker on the topic of civility, is president of Sara Hacala & Associates LLC, which provides full-service training and seminars in all aspects of business etiquette, manners, and civility for corporate personnel, university students, organizations, and individuals.

Her passionate mission is to spread the word as to how our positive behavior--powerful and contagious--can bring us closer together, deepen our interpersonal relationships, and help us to lead more productive and satisfying lives. Respect and consideration, she firmly believes, can shape the civility of the planet and foster personal and global human connections, resulting in our greater awareness, understanding, and, ultimately, acceptance of all people in the world.

Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude and Attitude is the author's first book. A native of West Virginia, Sara has lived in Connecticut since 1978 with her husband of 35 years. Their daughter is a sophomore at the University of Michigan.

For more information on the book, reviews, signing events, and videos, please visit www.savingcivility.com

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It made me stop & think about how I can be a better person.
Lynne Davis
What I love about Sara Hacala's book is that it's not another pessimistic diatribe about the decay of manners and civil conduct in our society.
Meredith
This book should be the required reading for anyone seeking political office.
Phil

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Meredith on November 20, 2011
Format: Paperback
What I love about Sara Hacala's book is that it's not another pessimistic diatribe about the decay of manners and civil conduct in our society. Nor is it consumed with rules of etiquette that often seem irrelevant to the monumental issues we face. Yes, the book discusses the ever-growing breakdown in civility that is affecting our relationships, our businesses, and our communities (much of which can be attributed to anonymous, online communication), and the threat this lack of civility poses. But the author goes a step further and empowers the reader, offering ideas for improving the situation--often by improving oneself. After all, while we personally may not be that politician demonizing the opposition on TV, or the office or school bully, we contribute to the problem in smaller, subtler ways that we may not even realize. By cultivating optimism in ourselves, learning to be more patient, and even just smiling more, we can inject the world with much-needed positive interactions that affect and influence others. And, as the author instructs, by being more conscious of polarizing discourse from our sources of information and those around us, we can choose to ignore those who would turn us against each other and approach everyone with an open mind. Sara Hacala's book is filled with uplifting ideas and encouraging ways to counteract one of the biggest problems facing our society right now.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jimohum on October 30, 2011
Format: Paperback
Do you remember the hilarious Seinfeld episode where Mr Castanza prays for "serenity now!". Well, I know how he feels and I'm praying for "civility now! ". Boy do we need it, in my opinion. The food fights,lack of caring, rude behavior and political fighting that I witness daily almost makes me dispair.

But Sara Hacala's new book is a welcome beacon of light that can help lead us out of this crude darkness. It beautifully describes the issues facing us, then offers practical, common sense methods all of us can immediately employ to create a more civil society. It's a very readable, engaging book and one that can help all of us experience "...civility now!!!".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sunflower Mermaid on March 12, 2012
Format: Paperback
Sara Hacala's, Saving Civility: 52 Ways to Tame Rude, Crude & Attitude for a Polite Planet, is written over 211 pages and divided into 52 chapters, each chapter illustrating a different "way" we can achieve a polite planet. Focusing on creating genuine connections within ourselves and other people, Hacala explains, "There are ways that we each can contribute to a polite planet, which is why I have written this book. Your polite and civilized behavior-respectful, thoughtful, kind, inclusive, and generous treatment of others-is not only powerful but also contagious yielding untold rewards and benefits," (Hacala,2011). Hacala successfully demonstrates how we can achieve civility in all contexts of our lives including ways such as know who you are, recognize the power of words, laugh at least once a day, and smile.

Written with profound passion and emotion, Hacala touches many people through this text because she is personable and easy to relate to. This easy read is pure mindfulness, demonstrating ways we should act in our everyday lives that we are already aware of but do not take a moment to realize the impact we have on someone with as gesture as simple as a smile. Hacala's use of rich quotations and examples enlightens the reader and displays hope among the many civil achievers on this planet. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would suggest it to anyone, considering it is not geared toward a specific audience. Likely to pick this book up again, Hacala achieved her goal in touching another person with her empowering words.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Phil on December 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sara Hacala begins with a simple premise, backed up by social science, that our emotions and our behavior (good or bad) have three degrees of effect. This means that if I am mean to one person, that meanness will be passed in some form from him to another, and from that other to yet another. Think of the man who is yelled at by his boss and goes home to yell at his wife, who yells at the kid, who kicks the dog, who bites the cat. The saving grace is that positive emotions can also travel through people in the same fashion.

Building on this simple premise, Ms. Hacala provides us 52 short chapters detailing how we can spread our positive emotions amongst our fellow humans. Throughout her lessons, Ms. Hacala shares the insight of social scientists in many fields who's research demonstrates that behaving positively toward others (by generosity, politeness, forgiveness or simply smiling) not only positively effects that person and those with whom he interacts, but it also positively effects one's own physical and spiritual health. This is a lesson that our overly-stressed, accelerated society could take to heart.

This book should be the required reading for anyone seeking political office. Then, perhaps, our government could accomplish something besides infighting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Judith A. Wasson on January 29, 2014
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a book that should be used in schools and businesses, to educate people on attitudes and civil words and acts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Brenda Hamilton on November 12, 2012
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Having recently been re-immersed in THE FUTURE OF MAN by Tiellard de Chardin, I had been wondering how, if this culture can't even use good manners, we could ever dream of making a decisive advance toward our own upward evolution. I shared Sara Hacala's sense of alarm at the downward spiral of our contemporary civilization, feeling more uneasy with every new crude revelation or vulgar twist. SAVING CIVILITY signaled a turning point for me, and surely will for many others as well. Beautifully written, painstakingly researched, and delivered with positive practicality, the book hits the mark.

Tiny and fragile things, we are learning, have immense power: seeds, molecules of DNA, and atoms, for example. Now, cutting edge scientific research into the power of mere thought is confounding us as well. Here in Ms. Hacala's book are the many very small details which can make or break crucial situations. Disasters can actually be averted by the magic of genuine respect and small acts of kindness. In addition, wonderful things we've yet to imagine can begin to happen when a certain positive tipping point is reached. While the book expresses the highest ideals, it is nonetheless down to earth -- hitting us right where we live our daily lives.

Our culture has been like a naughty child who has needed someone to draw the line and say gently but firmly, "OK, enough is enough." That same child is made to feel more secure by clearly defined limits and concrete suggestions. It's as if we've all been in a boat together drifting toward a murderous waterfall and Sara Hacala is the one who has stood up, seized the tiller and changed the angle just in time to make all the difference. I believe this book is destined to become a classic.
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