A handshake can tell you a lot about a person.
Someone with a bone-crushing grip could be excessively dominant. While a person who offers up a “dead fish” handshake is usually seen as weak.
There are other factors to consider, as well.
Like the temperature of your hands, duration, and eye contact… It’s kind of an art form – one that I consider essential to perfect.
And not just for social reasons, either. Past studies indicate that employers are more critical of an ineffective handshake than they are of body piercings and tattoos.
But here’s where the implications behind the handshake reach uncharted territory.
Recent research tells us that the power behind your handshake could signify more than we ever realized…
The Handshake Just Got Serious
It might sound preposterous, but a new study published by The Lancet shows that the power behind your handshake could actually determine your life expectancy!
More specifically, the U.K. health journal concluded that a weak handshake could be a sign of an increased risk of a heart attack or stroke.
In fact, the “handshake test” could be a stronger indicator of health risks than testing blood pressure!
Researchers are even suggesting that doctors begin using the test as an early indicator of future problems.
They conducted the international study over four years. Nearly 140,000 adults were involved, spanning across 17 countries. All were between the ages of 35 and 70.
Here’s an excerpt from The Telegraph, which briefly breaks down how the study was conducted, and what the results show…
“Grip strength was assessed using a handgrip dynamometer. It is measured as the force exerted when a subject squeezes an object as hard as possible with their hands. The findings show that every five kilos decline in grip strength was associated with a 16% increased risk of death from any cause; a 17% greater risk of cardiovascular death; a 17% higher risk of non-cardiovascular mortality; and more modest increases in the risk of having a heart attack (7%) or a stroke (9%).”
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Well, now we have even more reason to avoid the “dead fish” handshake at all costs. Take a look at the video below to see a few others you shouldn’t be using under any circumstances.
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