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The Perfect Handshake

The Perfect Handshake

The handshake is a curiously Western method of greeting. We approach each other, each extending the right hand forward. If it's gauged correctly, our hands meet at the center of the distance between us, clasp momentarily and pump up and down once or twice, then release at the same time to drop back to our sides. A handshake is nothing more than a greeting - yet entire books have been written about how to interpret and improve your handshake. Over the years, the handshake has been imbued with the same mystique as the Eastern bow. How tightly do you grip the other hand? How long do you hold on? What does it mean if you use both hands? How many times do you pump up and down?

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