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Do You Have a Firm Handshake?

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Everyone knows that a firm handshake can help you get the job (or so they say). But does it mean you'll live a longer life?

It may, if you're of a certain age. Looking mostly at studies of subjects over age 60, scientists at the Medical Research Council found that those with the strongest handgrips tended to outlive those with weaker ones, Reuters reports.

In fact, the death rate for people with weak handshakes was 67 percent higher than for people with a firm grip.

Whether you're 20 or 60, it's always a good thing to work on the muscle strength that leads to a firm handshake. While you're at it, building the confidence (i.e. making eye contact) that tends to go with a strong grip is good for mental health, too. But don't shake TOO hard, especially if you're dealing with a member of the opposite sex. We've had our fingers crushed a couple of times.

Do You Have a Firm Handshake?

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  • Big C 2010/09/16 15:45:15 (edited)
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Big C
    Nothing worse when a man has got a limp handshake!

    I always expect a more delicate handshake from a lady , but like getting surprised by a good old firm handshake from a woman.

    Sometimes I go for the full Predator handshake!

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  • harasnicole 2010/09/16 15:33:24
    No, mine is on the limp side.
    harasnicole
    I don't like shaking hands for some reason. I'm not a germophobe, really. I just don't like it. When I shake hands with someone, the other person's hand is usually almost always sweaty and ... I guess I'm a germophobe for not wanting to touch another person's sweat-slicked hand. So sue me.
  • RawRsaurus 2010/09/16 15:31:54 (edited)
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    RawRsaurus
    Firm handshake eye contact = lasting impression.
  • Max7 2010/09/16 12:50:44
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Max7
    My hand shake is relatively firm, I've been told that a firm handshake indicates genuiness.
  • ABCDEF 2010/09/16 10:21:27
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    ABCDEF
    My answer is yes!
    Americans do have a always my hand towel for wash the hands into the toilet(the bathroom )every time?
  • Eddie_DOMA_is_dead 2010/09/16 06:56:08
  • Son of Furious 2010/09/16 06:51:06
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Son of Furious
    Sure, it expresses confidence and respect towards the person your greeting. If its a woman I simply taker her hand and shake it gently.
  • Sacred Flame 2010/09/16 03:59:06
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Sacred Flame
    but I usually make it seem like its pretty weak esp. with strangers I have a tendency to crush hands or when I'm trying to be gentle
  • hisomouth 2010/09/16 03:47:15
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    hisomouth
    I like it when someone gives a too firm of a handshake(to me) and all of a sudden their eyes open wide and they relax their grip. I just smile
  • Persephone 2010/09/16 01:04:16
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Persephone
    yep...
  • giggity giggity 2010/09/15 23:49:08
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    giggity giggity
    yayyerr
  • Gregaj7 2010/09/15 23:30:16
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Gregaj7
    I do both, depending on the individual's hand I'm shaking and their grip strength.
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2010/09/15 21:36:39
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +1
    Yes, I have a great handshake, or so everyone tells me that I meet. I don't trust people with limp handshakes.
  • Green is a color 2010/09/15 20:47:21
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Green is a color
    I try to....
  • PDenoli 2010/09/15 20:13:09
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    PDenoli
    +1
    I don't care if the person shaking hands with me has a firm handshake or has a light grip, but some people... their hands are like noodles and it's disgusting. It's not just light/limp... there's something else going on. It's like their hand is made out of jello. It can feel that cold to the touch, too! Cadaverous!
  • Axl Snaks 2010/09/15 20:11:16
  • Anna E 2010/09/15 19:43:02 (edited)
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Anna E
    Shaking hands is ok but solid hugs are better.
  • Brit4236 2010/09/15 18:07:27 (edited)
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Brit4236
    Always Have. =)
  • you betcha 2010/09/15 17:01:24
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    you betcha
    As a woman, I am aware of the whole weak handshake thing and make a point of being firm and making eye contact. I also try to read the signals when a man (usually older) seems unsure whether or not to put out his hand to a woman -- I put mine out first to let them know.
  • Sin 2010/09/15 16:46:32
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Sin
    +1
    im a 17 year old chick and ive been told i have a death grip, although im not very strong at all. gentle or deathgrip, all depends on what i think of you.
  • Stella 2010/09/15 15:36:46 (edited)
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Stella
    Yes, on purpose, because I like to get firm handshakes myself! =) I always hope my hands aren't cold when I shake hands too, because the best handshakes are warm and firm! =)

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  • Lisa 2010/09/15 14:21:55
    No, mine is on the limp side.
    Lisa
    I do but sometimes a guy has shaked my hand and hurt it. I mean like way too hard lol. I think there is a medium shake that is acceptable. I don't like the barely touching one some woman give me, it's just annoying.
  • ALF 2010/09/15 14:06:07
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    ALF
    i have had plenty of practice with firm handshakes. the older men in my vo tech like to go around and shake ppls hands
  • EarthGirl 2010/09/15 13:56:39
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    EarthGirl
    I make a point of having a firm handshake, it's positive body language that!
  • Dar 2010/09/15 13:40:50
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Dar
    Shows you mean it!
  • Deb 2010/09/15 13:38:51
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Deb
    +1
    yep awww heck, I don't want to be a zillion years old lol
  • K.Kramer - BN-03 2010/09/15 12:18:28
    No, mine is on the limp side.
    K.Kramer - BN-03
    +3
    I don't like touching people that aren't related to me directly. Like immediate family.
  • Roxxi 2010/09/15 11:28:05
    No, mine is on the limp side.
    Roxxi
    I'm pretty weak in the arm, wrist and hand area compared to most people
  • JO 2010/09/15 07:50:51
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    JO
    +1
    Yes, and sometimes it surprises people ;-)

    JO
  • Myrle Hulme 2010/09/15 06:24:40
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Myrle Hulme
    +1
    Yes I like a firm handshake not a limp one that makes you feel you are handling a jelly fish
  • MOMMA THOMAS 2010/09/15 05:51:07
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    MOMMA THOMAS
    +1
    COULD NEVER TAKE A WEAK HAND SHAKE, ....IT'S SUCH AN INSINCERE TURN OFF.
  • Robby 2010/09/15 05:46:43
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Robby
    +1
    I LOVE A FIRM HANDSHAKE! It means that you are trustworthy & that you trust me.
  • MJCRAZEE 2010/09/15 05:36:27
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    MJCRAZEE
    The person shaking hands with me will be rattling like hell if I don't.
  • nfcetygd 2010/09/15 05:16:22
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    nfcetygd
    +1
    Yeah XD and its pretty funny too I'm a little girl They don't expect me to squeeze as hard as i possibly can
  • Shawna 2010/09/15 05:09:30
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Shawna
    +2
    I really can't stand it when people offer a limp hand!!!! There is such a thing as too firm a handshake though-nobody's fingers should be broken and I have met people who sseemed bent on breaking mine.
  • greg9356 2010/09/15 04:32:40
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    greg9356
    +1
    It's a BONE CRUSHER!
    Unless I'm shaking hands with a woman, then it's a tender caress. "OU, LA LA"!
  • ↓←↑♣→NVL←♣↑→↓ 2010/09/15 04:26:05
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    ↓←↑♣→NVL←♣↑→↓
    +1
    always
  • don 2010/09/15 04:24:14
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    don
    +1
    i hate when I get a dead fish, it's a sign of weakness and fear.
  • JCD aka "biz" 2010/09/15 04:16:47
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    Yes, but I never crushed anybody's hand.
  • Vaius 2010/09/15 03:14:44
    Yes, I give a firm handshake.
    Vaius

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