The simple handshake really is simple, but there are a few rules to follow.

If both are of the same sex, wait for the older person to reach his or her hand out first.

If they are of opposite sexes, the man should wait for the lady to reach her hand out first.

In a business setting, the subordinate should wait for the person in the higher position to reach out first.

In most of Europe and North America, people grasp each others’ hand, make eye contact and give one firm shake. They do not generally hug or kiss each other on the cheeks.

People visiting from Asia may have a limp handshake because they are showing respect through deference. They may not hold eye-contact the way Europeans and North-Americans do, also as a gesture of respect. Do not mistake this behaviour as being wishy-washy.

Many women from Asian and the Arabian countries don?t shake hands with men. A Namaste, with the hands held together in front of the chest, or a quick bow is much better. If you are a man, don?t offer your hand and make things awkward.

However, regardless of the cultural context, no one should refuse a hand stretched-out to them in friendship or welcome.


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I agree wholeheartedly with your resolution recommendations.
I agree that we should start today to say or do something kind for another person! It will become second nature if you practice this every day. Sometimes those closest to us are those we take most for granted, and they would appreciate to hear a kind word of acknowledgement.? Seniors in particular are very lonely as their friends have passed or ill, and perhaps relatives are too busy to remember to connect with them on a regular basis. A small act of kindness given to a senior is truly a blessing in disguise.? Good Karma spreads quickly and we will all have a better 2013 for it!
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