The last Thursday of each June, aka this year June 27 is celebrated as National Handshakes day. And if you are wondering why handshakes are such a big deal then please retrospect, aren't handshakes the most common form of greeting that we resort to? It's a perfect way to greet people with a limited amount of physical contact. The history of handshakes dates back to days before we had written records as it is one of the easiest non-verbal modes of communication. Video: Virat Kohli and Tim Paine Exchange 'Frosty Handshake', Mitchell Johnson Calls Indian Captain 'Silly' and 'Disrespectful.'
However, in today's modern day and age, when we have understood the form of greeting so well, handshakes can easily be divided into different types. It is no rocket science to understand if the handshake was affirmative or negative, but still, here are a few common types of handshakes that exist:
Firm handshake: This type of handshakes show that you are really interested in the person you are shaking hands with. It shows that you care about the person and are willing to hear more from that person.
The itty-bitty handshake: As the name suggests, the itty-bitty handshake is a little hesitant to meet or talk to the person you're shaking hands with. Usually characterised by only touching the ends of the hand or half of the hands. Sometimes this kind of handshakes come from germophobes as well.
The lousy handshake: The not-so-firm handshake shows that you do not care about the person much and are just shaking hands for the sake of it. The lousy handshake shows disinterest and may not signal a lot of positivity.
The best friends handshake: This can be more than just a simple handshake. You may have your own, weird way of shaking hands with friends, for example, the nose touch "handshake" from Kuch Kuch Hota Hai. When you shake hands this way it shows that you are really close with the person you're shaking hands with.
The grateful handshake: This usually comprises of the person shaking hands using both the hands more like a handshake hug. The person shaking hands covers the other person's hand using both his hands.
Here's a funny version of types of handshakes that exist:
Handshakes can be of as many types as you want it to be! Like the awkward handshake, the fist bump and the crazy handshake are a few of many handshakes that exist! Well, no matter what type, handshakes should always be positive and spread happiness, what say?