People Meeting & Greeting
Greeting is the social act of intentionally making oneself known to another and can suggest relationship dynamics and social status depending on the type of greeting used. They oftentimes precede a conversation, but can vary from a quick hand gesture or verbal acknowledgement in passing, such as on a hiking trail, to a more formal series of physical gestures that may include bowing or kissing. Common across every known human culture, the geographical region and social status’ of those greeting each other, along with other factors such as gender, familiarity, and so on will determine the appropriate form and technique of the greeting.
Some ways to meet people in a new city are to go to a work cocktail hour to get further acquainted to coworkers, meet people through apps, do community events in your neighborhood, hang out in common areas at work, join Facebook groups, or book clubs, and be open to new conversations.
When meeting a dog for the first time you should let the dog approach you first. Be sure to pay attention to the dog’s body language, let the dog sniff you, and use a calm and low voice to establish your relationship immediately.
April Masini, a dating expert and founder of Relationship Advice Forum, recommends waiting to introduce a partner to your parents after six months to a year into a relationship; the relationship may be unclear before that time period.