Today is National Handshake Day.  Apparently, this day is recognized each year on the last Thursday of June.

Shaking hands has been documented as far back as the 5th century BC. A depiction of two soldiers shaking hands can be found on part of an ancient Greek stele—an upright stone or slab—dating back to the late 5th century BC. Many researchers believe the handshake originated as a gesture of peace by demonstrating that the hand was not holding a weapon.

We’ve all met someone who has a “bad” handshake. A handshake that is too limp (the “wet noodle”), or too firm (the “bone crusher”). Research and etiquette books both indicate that this initial impression often sets the tone for the entire relationship.

A handshake says a lot about who you are. A firm handshake will help you to make a good first impression, whether you are male or female. Make sure your handshake sends the right message.  Make sure it is a “million-dollar” handshake.

A million-dollar handshake is relatively simple. It is firm and personable, conveying a friendly attitude. Extend your arm, and grab the other person’s hand firmly. Maintain eye contact and smile. Pump your hand up and down twice. That’s it!

Happy Handshake Day!