1. Anything knitted by anyone:
…it's impossible to throw out gifts when this much time and effort have been put into them.
2. Family heirlooms:
…the only way to get rid of these is by dying.
3. Especially if that something "survived the war":
…forget about it.
4. Something with a kid's handwriting on it:
…letters don't look cute forever.
5. Handmade art by kids:
…double attachment points.
6. Decorations "that would go so well in your place":
…be prepared to always have that hanging up whenever the gifter visits.
7. A personalized coupon book:
…you have no choice but to spend these or hide them in your sock drawer for a hundred years.
8. Someone's self-portrait:
…throwing it away is like throwing them away. Nope. Keep it forever in a special place under a million stacks of paper on your desk.
9. Pets (NOT THAT YOU WOULD EVER WANT TO)
…because they are for life and forever adorable.
…as long as you have flesh, this gift is gonna be around.
11. A poem written especially for you.
A Georgia man has to pay his ex-fiance $50,000 because he didn't go through with his wedding proposal.
The court ruled in favor of the woman who sued her former fiance for fraud and breach of promise to marry.
The two were living together and had been engaged since 2004. The woman found out her fiance was dating another woman behind her back and kicked him out.
1. Include a clear, direct subject line--Examples of a good subject line include: "Meeting date changed," "Quick question about your presentation," or "Suggestions for the proposal." People decide whether to open an email based on the subject line. Choose one that lets readers know you are addressing their concerns or business issues.
2. Use a professional email address--If you work for a company, you should use your company email address. But if you use a personal email account -- whether you are self-employed or just like using it occasionally for work-related correspondences -- you should be careful when choosing that address. You should always have an email address that conveys your name so that the recipient knows exactly who's sending the email. Never use email addresses that are not appropriate for use in the workplace.
3. Think twice before hitting "reply all."--No one wants to read emails from 20 people when it has nothing to do with them. They could just ignore the emails, but many people get notifications of new messages on their smartphones or distracting pop-up messages on their computer screens. Refrain from hitting "reply all" unless you really think everyone on the list needs to receive the email.
4. Use exclamation points sparingly--If you choose to use an exclamation point, use only one to convey excitement. People get carried away and put a number of exclamation points at the end of their sentences. That can appear too emotional or immature. Exclamation points should be used sparingly in writing.
5. Be cautious with humor--Humor can easily get lost in translation without the right tone or facial expressions. In a professional exchange, it's better to leave humor out of emails unless you know the recipient well. Also, something that you think is funny might not be funny to someone else. When in doubt, leave it out.
6. Know that people from different cultures speak and write differently--Miscommunication can easily occur due to cultural differences, especially in the writing form when we can't see each other's body language. Write your message depending on the receiver's cultural background or how well you know him. A good rule to keep in mind is that high-context cultures (Japanese, Arab or Chinese) want to get to know you before doing business with you. So it may be common for business associates from these countries to be more personal in their writings. On the other hand, people from low-context cultures (German, American or Scandinavian) prefer to get to the point quickly.
7. Reply to your emails -- even if the email wasn't intended for you--It's difficult to reply to every email message ever sent to you, but you should try to. This includes when the email was accidentally sent to you, especially if the sender is expecting a reply. A reply isn't necessary, but serves as good email etiquette, especially if this person works in the same company or industry as you.