Do you think much about your hands or are they just there doing stuff for you all day, without you really noticing? Why should you bother looking after your hands?
I do appreciate my hands, and all the things they do for me which include:
- shake hands
- hold hands
- express yourself more eloquently than words alone
- make things
- count on fingers
- pick up and grip
- send text messages
- Care for your nails
- Massage them
- Sunscreen (particularly your driving hand)
- Avoid biting your nails
- rings and bracelets
You may not realise it, but many people are checking out your hands, sometimes subconsciously, sometimes consciously. I’m sure I’m not the only person to notice if someone has bitten nails, dirty nails or hands, or has beautiful well cared for hands. We would all rather be served our food by a waiter with clean hands and fingernails and we really really hope that the chef has clean hands and nails. We would be repelled if our doctor had hands that needed some serious cleaning or grooming and they were about to touch us.
Even if you don’t work in and industry that requires a high level of hand hygiene, it is important for all of us to consider the state of our hands and what message they are imparting to the world, even when we don’t think we’re sending any messages at all.