The fascinating history and science of the handshake

The fascinating history and science of the handshake

Handshaking is about as prevalent in the business world as pencil skirts, suits, and coffee. But why the heck do we do it? Shaking hands has a long and storied history, and there may be a peculiar reason we greet people this way. A recent study suggests we outstretch our hands and shake other people’s hands to check out how they smell; researchers believe handshaking offers a socially acceptable way for humans to communicate by way of smell. Whether we’re consciously aware of this or not, handshaking is universal—and there is such thing as a good shake and a bad one. Check out the infographic below to learn how to hone your hand-shaking skills.

A golden handshake: The fascinating history and science of the handshake

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The fascinating history and science of the handshake