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National Handshake Day: What does your handshake say about you?

Thursday June 25, according our bizarre holiday calendar, reminds us it is time to celebrate National Handshake Day, one the most universal forms of communication when two people meet, as a mutual sign of peace and goodwill. The handshake also represents: hello and goodbye, congratulations, completion of a deal, and also a sign of good sportsmanship.

Happy National Handshake Day
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The practice of handshakes has been around since the 2nd century B.C. It was seen as a gesture of peace, and also by the “showing” of hands, demonstrating that you held no weapons; since most people were right handed, extending your right hand ensured that you were not holding a knife.

How confident are you when it comes to your handshake? The handshake has been known to reveal something about yourself, as well as establishing a first impression, depending upon the grip. Strong and firm shows confidence, too hard makes you seem forceful, limp and clammy makes you appear noncommittal. According to a University of Alabama study, your handshake provides a tactile way of reading you.

Which type of handshake is your style? Click here to make sure that your handshake is not included in the list of 9 types of Crappy Handshakes You Do Not Want To Have.”

For an effective handshake Brody Communications offers these tips:

* Use eye contact
* Be firm but painless
* You should shake hands for about three seconds
* Take only two or three "pumps"
* Start and stop crisply
* Don't last through the entire introduction

If you are an anti-shaker, you are not alone. Today almost 40% of people surveyed are against shaking hands, calling it a medieval and barbaric custom, siting its unsanitary way of passing on germs one hand at a time. As a result, we seem to have re-invented the universal form of communication with a few innovative changes, to include the approving nod, and the fist or elbow bump.

What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comment section, to shake or not to shake?

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