What’s in a Handshake?

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The messages we send when we shake hands are more complex – and more powerful – than many realize.

The handshake dates back as far as the 5th century BC and are known to have been exchanged in ancient Greece. They are thought to have roots in peacemaking as a means of showing that the hand doing the shaking is devoid of weaponry.

When we shake hands today, chances are we try to demonstrate goodwill, trust and confidence. Shaking hands should show our strength – but in a good way.

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