Shaking hands

Indian greeting - Namaste is a healthy way of greeting.
@allknowing (101285)
India
November 20, 2010 7:41am CST
It is a well known fact that hands are the most unhygienic which would mean shaking hands would not be in the best interest of maintaining good health but instead the Indian way of greeting which is the 'Namaste' should be universally accepted and shaking hands should be done away with. Your comments please.
5 responses
• Ireland
20 Nov 10
Hi there, I'm not familiar with the Namaste, could you describe it please? As for shaking hands, normally I don't mind, but on occasions I've had to shake hands with people who were obviously dirty and I've found that very unpleasant. I do think however that we shouldn't become too obsessed with exposure to germs - our bodies need to be exposed to at least a certain amount of germs in order to build up good immune systems.
@allknowing (101285)
• India
21 Nov 10
It is not the question of being obsessive but knowing that our hands are the most unhygienic do tell a story. The image here will give you an idea of what 'namaste' is.
@bird123 (10553)
• United States
20 Nov 10
Well now, shaking hands isn't the bad thing. People just need to wash their hands. Clean hands hurt no one. Of course, I'm easy to get along with. Namaste would not bother me at all.
@allknowing (101285)
• India
21 Nov 10
Throughout the day we touch objects that are contaminated and it is not possible for one to wash hands that frequently.
• Philippines
20 Nov 10
I don't know 'namaste' and would still prefer shaking hands. I have a habit of washing my hands after i arrive at home so it actually depends on the hygene of the person.
@allknowing (101285)
• India
21 Nov 10
Right through the day we touch so many objects that are contaminated and one cannot wash hands that often.
@harry89 (2331)
• India
20 Nov 10
I totally agree that shaking hands is not good for health and i am personally against it. But the word "namaste" is not the only solution for that and you are saying people to abcept your culture which is not good. Other than namaste there are also many different ways to greet people depending on different countries and different religions and everyone should be doing that except shaking hands just like japanese people bend to greet... Happy mylotting. Regards, harry.
@allknowing (101285)
• India
21 Nov 10
Acceptance is people's choice and not compulsion and as you rightly said there are other healthy ways of greeting which are practised in other countries.
@primeaque86 (8106)
• Philippines
21 Nov 10
Here in my place, I rarely see people shaking hands, i mean i don't think so that culture or what we call this has gone away, I only see people shaking hands with conference, business meetings, graduations, or in other words, shaking hands here in our place is used for formal ocassions and celebration, and it is not used for daily greetings. We just smile, say good morning, good afternoon, or good evening, or simply say hi or hello and how are you. But in that case, it is hard to change what we are used to already, we will be feeling uneasy and awkward using 'namaste'. Good day:-)