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With Covid-19 unleashing havoc over the globe with no predictable end, the pandemic has ended world-wide celebrations and festivals that we look forward to every year. The first thing we attempted to change was the manner in which we greet people. We are used to giving long hugs, muddled handshakes and huge loads of kisses. All of these began to feel somehow inappropriate and unsafe. During these pandemic days, we will miss gorging to our hearts’ content while the festivals are round the corner. We will greatly feel the absence of friends and loved ones. To virtually meet and greet is the sweeter new normal than the restricted get-togethers. Let us look at some touch-free ways to greet others safely during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Folded palms over the heart in prayer pose. A little bow of the head. A sign of respect and regard. An affirmation of our common mankind. What’s more, no touching.
As people across the world are choosing to dump the handshakes and hugs for fear of getting the corona virus, Namaste is becoming the ideal pandemic greeting. In Hindi, Namaste is basically a respectful way of saying hello and also goodbye.
From the vigorous wave of a happy-go-lucky child to the tick-tock movement of a celebrity for their fans, the wave is a friendly and universal form of greeting. We like to see people’s palms. It implies that they don’t have anything to hide away. The wave is often paired with an excited and enthusiastic verbal greeting. There is genuineness when you state something and the body follows with a sign.
If you are looking for a slightly more formal way to greet someone, have a go at giving a slight bow. Head bowing is a traditional form of greeting. It is very respectful and very elegant. It is a beautiful tradition that conveys much deeper meaning than what a handshake could convey.
Placing your right hand over your heart with a genuine smile is yet another way of politely greeting others. A sign of respect as well as greeting, this gesture just expects you to put your hand over your heart and bow your head. It serves an ardent welcome for all people and if it works well for Shah Rukh Khan, it will definitely work wonders for you as well. Through this gesture, you are telling the person that, “I am connecting at a heart level with you.”
A smile is a universal welcome greeting. The easiest way to greet and welcome someone without sharing germs and making a socially awkward act is to look the other person in the eyes, smile and say hello. It works well even when you smile with your mask on. It is the greeting which has the highest positive emotional content. Smiling is infectious, so spread it somewhat more so that people can feel light.
While avoiding Covid-19 has become an essential part of human survival now, so is living satisfying and complex social lives. The genuine concern is that we will develop a new normal that is touch-free and so we will not realize what we are missing by not having any contact with the individuals in our social network. These are just a few alternatives where you can be polite and greet another person without having to touch them.
Stay safe! Stay healthy by choosing whatever form of touch-less greetings you choose. We should do our part in arresting the spread of Corona Virus.
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