History of the Handshake

history of the handshake
The handshake has been around since the 2nd Century BC according to Wikapedia. The meaning of a handshake carries serves a different purpose today than its original origins. One tale is that medieval knights would show and grip each others’ hands to show that they were not concealing weapons and meant no harm to each other. Today, handshaking is used to greet another person, congratulate, or “seal” a deal.

People even judge others based on their handshakes. A firm handshake implies power, strength, knowhow. Whereas a weak handshake implies weakness, uncertainty, and uninterested.

So now that most of us aren’t carrying weapons why must we continue this ancient tradition. Some say that you can really get a good read on someone’s character by shaking their hand. Well, how true is that? I mean we have all read “How to Master the Perfect Handshake” articles. “Squeeze hard but not too hard and you’ll come across strong, confidence”, blah, blah, blah. We can all fake a good handshake;-).

According to the Center for Disease Control, the swine flu virus can remain alive on inanimate objects or surfaces for two to eight hours.

Flu and cold germs typically spread from person to person through coughing or sneezing. However, if you’ve touched something with germs on it, then touch your nose or mouth, you may also become infected.

So let’s stop spreading germs and judging people.

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