Q: I was sitting on the bus when an elderly man got on. But he was not at all feeble; in fact, he was as fit as a fiddle. Should I still have offered him a seat?
A: The philosophy of seat sacrifice is that you offer yours to anyone who could use it more than you–an elderly person, a shopper with an armload of packages, a pregnant woman, or someone who’s disabled. Though this gentleman may not look as if he needs the seat, you should offer it anyway as a sign of respect. If he turns you down, offer a warm smile and a comment like “I didn’t think you needed it; just thought I’d offer.”