Polite Greetings

I remember when I was a teenager, my sister brought her boyfriend home. Later he became my brother in law, and still is. I remember he came up to me and introduced himself, I gave him a wimpy handshake. He looked at me and said "That's not how you shake a hand, this is how you shake a hand." I'm not sure why, but it left a lasting impression on. The ability to look someone in the eye, give them a firm hand shake and talk to them with a confident voice is very important. My brother in law taught me that as a young teenager, and I try and bring the same lesson to all our students. 

I personally like that physical connection of a good handshake when I say hello to someone. To me it feels like you are really taking a few moments for them. We all know the confidence it shows when you can look someone in the eye as you talk with them.

Don't overlook family members. Taking a few moments out of your day to connect is even more important with family. With certain family members maybe it's a hug instead of a handshake, and that's ok. Just make sure you are taking the time greet them.

As you go through your day this week, be conscious of if you are really giving good polite greetings to your family, friends and co-workers.

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