18.06.11 History of Handshake

June 12, 2018
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Why Do We Shake Hands?

Symbolism: Poignant

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

Do We Shake Hands…
To Smell Each Other?

Say…A 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.

Click: Link To Study

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

Good guide to handshakes… when to… when not to… and what about shaking hands with women overseas?

by Jenna Lee,

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