There are plenty of tips for how to make a great first impression. Embrace those tips and you can feel more confident that other people will like you -- which is awesome, since research shows people who expect to be accepted are actually perceived as more likable. (Making it one prophecy we can be glad is self-fulfilling.)
But here's the thing: If you want to make a great first impression, you know what to do... but it can be tough to tell if you actually are making a great first impression. How can you tell, in the moment, whether the people you meet feel you are likable and friendly?
Science has the answer.
According to a meta-analysis of over 50 different studies that "investigated the relation between self-reported interpersonal attraction and enacted behavior," these six nonverbal signs indicate whether you have established rapport...