World Hello Day
Hallo. Ciao! Hallo. Ni hao! Hola. Marhaba! Shalom. Bonjour!
November 21 is World Hello Day.
What are you supposed to do on World Hello Day? Greet 10 people. That’s it.
The idea is to encourage the resolution of conflicts through communication instead of force. Sure, we can all point to examples where this is not possible. We may call it idealistic. Still, I like having a day where we can celebrate the power of communication. It’s easy to cite the examples where it is difficult, but there are far more conflicts resolved through negotiation than any other method.
“Don’t tell your friends about your indigestion. ‘How are you’ is a greeting, not a question.” –Arthur Guiterman
Let’s celebrate that today by sharing World Hello Day with others.
29 Ways to Celebrate
Here are a few suggestions on how to make World Hello Day worthwhile:
Greet others enthusiastically today.
“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.” -Jimi Hendrix
Introduce yourself to strangers and tell them about World Hello Day.
Share this post with someone you haven’t said hello to in a while.
Let someone cut in front of you in line.
“Send out a cheerful, positive greeting, and most of the time you will get back a cheerful, positive greeting.” –Zig Ziglar
Make today a day of happiness.
Spend some extra time with a good friend.
Have your team at work write down five things that you are grateful for.
Radiate peace and joy.
Make today the day that you forgive someone for good.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” -Gandhi
Allow a driver into your lane.
Send Facebook messages or Tweets to 3 people who you admire.
Compliment others sincerely today.
Pay the toll or buy a coffee for someone in line behind you.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt.
Send someone a handwritten note.
“Happiness is a byproduct of making someone else happy.” -Gretta Brooker Palmer
Seek first to understand.
Give a hug.
Take a walk with a new friend.
“It is generally agreed that ‘Hello’ is an appropriate greeting because if you entered a room and said ‘Goodbye’ it could confuse a lot of people.” –Dolph Sharp
Help someone more in need than you.
Learn to articulate the other person’s side of an argument before your own.
Share your time generously today.
“There are some things so serious you have to laugh at them.” -Niels Bohr
Call three people from your past who made a difference in your life.
Apologize to someone.
“A true friend overlooks your failures and tolerates your successes.” -Doug Larson
Forgive yourself, let it go, and move on.
Listen genuinely without interruption.
Make your friend laugh out loud.
Say hello to at least 10 people.
“Sometimes just when I say hello the right way, I’m like, ‘Whoa, I’m so cool.’ –Robert Pattinson