A kiss a day keeps the doctor away!

Years ago, I wrote about Sweaty Hands. While my opinion has changed – many people just can’t help it – research has now shown that hands and handshakes transmit huge amount of germs.

So read up, below, to see, what can happen. The kiss on the cheek is something more common in Europe, or amongst very close friends in Asia, and well, it clearly is healthier than a handshake because – what did the person do with his hands just before you shook them.

I am actually also wondering – if we are focused on what happens when someone shakes our hands, are we predestining the outcome? Because, once you set your mind to something, you are giving commands to the unconscious mind. It is like when two people see one person sneezing. Once thinks, ‘oh my God, I get sick’, while the other ignores. Often enough, the person who is bothered is affected. And then gets sick! Makes me wonder, and you?

Here is the article and some comments on how people react to the news:

Handshake vs kiss
A handshake is more infectious than a kiss, a new US study claims. We talk to corporates, who use the germ-spreading gesture about 30 times a day. Plus, what to keep in mind before you extend your hand

A firm handshake single-handedly shoulders the ability to make the first solid impression, convey your potential, and seal a business deal. However, this very gesture can also make you sick. “People may be far more at risk of passing on an infection by shaking someone’s hand, than while sharing a kiss,” says a new study published in the American Journal of Infection Control.

But locking lips with your clients (most of them, at least) is inappropriate, and shaking hands, could put you at a greater risk of catching the flu, tummy bugs or bacteria like MRSA and salmonella.

So what are you left with? Corporate handshakers and etiquette gurus help you achieve the in-between.

He is Forbes’ greatest handshaker
US-based Garrett Maddox, who has led 11 Fortune 500 companies, owes his success to his handshake. “I don’t know much about business sense or the ability to make quick decisions. What God gave me is perfectly aligned knuckles, a pleasingly temperate palm, and a divinely firm grip,” he is reported to have said. Named as one the five greatest corporate handshakers by Forbes magazine, Maddox came to India for a handshake-refining journey, where he spent up to 20 hours a day shaking hands.

His advice: “A quick clasp, complete with shoulder pat” handshake has taken me through many job interviews, and got me out of trouble.”

Corporates suggest fun alternatives

Deepa Thomas, senior manager, corporate communications, eBay India

Number of handshakes a day: 5. At an event, it could go up to 100.

kiss miss: The study is an eye-opener, but eliminating the handshake is out of the question. Regular use of a hand sanitiser is a good solution.

Touch-me-not greeting: A brisk salute is a great way to greet an entire room, without offending and catching a virus.

Amiy Roy, marketing head, Bigadda.com

Number of handshakes a day: 4 to 20.

kiss miss: Not shaking hands would be taking hygiene control too far. If you get alarmed with this kind of statistics about germs, you will have to start living in a bubble.

Touch-me-not greeting: I think the handshake is irreplaceable. But, corporates with 
obsessive compulsive disorders can try the desi namaste.

Anuj Saxena, MD, Elder Health Care-TV actor

Number of handshakes a day: 40 to 100.

kiss miss: If I stop shaking hands, my business will come to a standstill. It’s not worth it.

Touch-me-not greeting: We could try the Japanese style; bowing is respectful and doesn’t involve germ transfers of any kind.

Vikas Arora, GM Marketing, Kwality Group

Number of handshakes a day: About 12.

kiss miss: No amount of germs would make me give up this gesture. It’s a deal sealer.

Touch-me-not greeting: Try a smile. It never fails.


Andreas is the founder of Asia Mind Dynamics and a certified trainer of internationally recognised certification programmes:

  • Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) with the American Board of Neuro Linguistic Programming (ABNLP),
  • NLP Coach Training with the Coaching Division of ABNLP,
  • The Words That Change Minds -Language and Behaviour Profile of which he also is one of 17 Global Master Trainers
  • Creating Your Future Coaching™ Techniques at the Masters Level with the International Timeline Therapy Association
  • Hypnosis with the American Board of Hypnotherapy (ABH)
  • Master Trainer with the International Association of Counsellors and Therapists (IACT).

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