There was even a time you could borrow/lend money at a bank with just a hand shake; It was considered a binding contract.
Today it has been deducted to a simple business formality that is often photographed but apart from the business world a handshake displays friendliness, hospitality and trust. It even has been an expression of equality.
I am appalled at how many young people today do not seem to have a clue as to how to shake hands.
Sometimes men tend to give a woman the limp noodle handshake....yuck! and the worst offence.....not looking me in the eye.
Here is handshake 101:
keep the fingers together with the thumb up and open
slide your hand into the other person's so that each person's web of skin between thumb and forefingers touches the other's
A proper handshake:
is firm, but not bone-crushing
lasts about 3 seconds
may be "pumped" once or twice from the elbow
is released after the shake, even if the introduction continues
includes good eye contact with the other person
Extend a hand when:
meeting someone for the first time
meeting someone you haven't seen for a while
greeting your host(ess)
saying good-bye to people at a gathering
someone else extends a hand
So how about you?
Are you comfortable with handshaking?
Does it have special meaning to you?
Have you ever practiced shaking hands with someone?