Published on May 26th, 2015 | by admin

Do You Have A Firm Handshake?

Here at the Post Office Shop we’ve read that a poor hand grip is a sign that an individual is more likely to suffer a heart attack in the future. A poor hand grip is also said to signal an increased chance of having a stroke or other major illnesses.

It has even been claimed in the study published in The Lancet medical journal that measuring the well-being of an individual by how firm their hand grip is could actually be more meaningful than undergoing a blood pressure check.

Of course taking aside these recent findings that a firm handshake can indicate the health of an individual, a formal, firm handshake has long been acknowledged as the correct business etiquette to adopt – but not necessarily the most hygienic option it appears.

When it comes to greeting a friend or colleague, apparently the more traditional formal handshake is not a wise option compared to a high five which has been a common greeting in the USA for a considerable amount of time. That’s because slapping palms together at head height is said to pass on fewer than half as many germs as the traditional hand shake greeting does.

And considering  that the average workstation is deskgusting, infested with germs due to the prevalence of dust, dirt, food crumbs and drink stains, perhaps we should all be ditching the traditional hand shake in favour of the more hygienic high five alternative (as well as investing in some cleaning wipes).

There is even a National High Five Day since 2002 which was invented by some University of Virginia students back in 2002 and this has been found by psychological experts to enhance bonding amongst both team mates in a sporting context as well as colleagues in a working environment too.

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