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Why Do We Shake Hands?

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Exact Origin?
No One Knows For Sure

“This custom started in medieval times…people often concealed weapons in their hands. The handshake was a way of affirming that neither you nor the person you were greeting was carrying anything intended to harm.”

Farmers' Almanac
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Do We Shake Hands…
To Smell Each Other?

Say… What?

One study suggests we touch our face more often after shaking hands, without even realizing it – an instinctual way to “sniff out” the other person.

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What makes a good handshake?

“In North America and Europe, a firm handshake is an appropriate form of greeting. In Asia and the Middle East the customary grip is gentler; a too-hearty grip could be interpreted as aggressive.”

Emily Post
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Good guide to handshakes... when to... when not to... and what about shaking hands with women overseas?

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