1. Do you like your hands?
2. How would you describe your hands?
3. Are you left or right-handed?
4. What hand signals do you use in your culture?
5. Who do you like holding hands with?
6. Are there times you’d like an extra pair of hands?
7. Do you like things that are hand painted/made/crafted…?
8. Do people ever ask you to give them a hand?
There’s a long-held myth that cracking your knuckles can damage your hands. The sound definitely might
There’s a space in your joints filled with synovial fluid, a liquid that reduces the friction in your joints when you move. It contains gases (oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide).
When you pop a joint, you stretch out that space between the bones. That expanding space creates negative pressure, like a vacuum, that sucks in the synovial fluid. It forms bubbles, which then collapse, and that’s what you hear.
Most medical sources agree that unless you experience pain when you pop your joints, you’re probably fine to keep doing it. Researchers (including one man who cracked his knuckles on just one hand for 60 years) haven’t established a connection between cracking your knuckles and arthritis.
One 1990 study of 300 people did find that cracking knuckles over a long period of time led to hand swelling and decreased grip strength, but there hasn’t been any follow-up research on that.