Body language experts predict new global greeting
SUNSHINE Coast body language experts have predicted what the world will use as a new global greeting after the coronavirus pandemic put an end to the traditional handshake.
Buderim residents, Allan and Barbara Pease, are the world’s most successful human communication authors, writing 18 top 10 bestsellers including 11 number ones.
The couple, who have sold more than 30 million copies of their books, said when we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic, many people would be apprehensive about handshaking or may completely reject the concept.
“The world needs a new, long-term greeting solution – and we’ve identified it,” Mrs Pease said.
“We recommend the use of this powerful body language greeting which can be used universally, is disease-free, but still makes people feel welcome, accepted, and connected.”
It’s not the awkward elbow-bump, the macho fist-bump or the gawky foot tapping that you may have come across in work environments over past weeks.
They call it the ‘Heart-Hello’ and it involves three simple steps.
To perform this greeting gesture, first you place your hand over your heart, followed by a smile (with your teeth visible) and a forward lean, all while maintaining eye contact with the person you’re greeting.
“In today’s unprecedented times of COVID-19, we have seen a dramatic shift in a matter of weeks of people’s perceptions in greeting each-other,” Mrs Pease said.
“And change is now being forced upon us because of this disease.
“It’s time for the traditional handshake to be modified – or even eliminated – because of health issues.
“The Heart-Hello gesture perfectly replaces the traditional handshake and can bond you to others instantly, and even more effectively than a handshake.
“Just because the Roman soldiers and Greeks did it 2000 years ago doesn’t mean we have to risk our health today. It’s time for an alternative.”