Today was created during a time of war. The war was the 1973 war between Egypt and Israel and Brian and Michael McCormack wanted to find a way to help people to get along with each other. Their idea was basic, if you stop and say “hello” to at least ten strangers during the day everyone would have a better day. Perhaps an overly simple plan but it is a great plan for making contact with another human and that is a great step forward. Something so simple as saying hello, hi or good morning can change the shape of their day, and your day.
How to celebrate – Say “hello” to ten people today you do not know. (You can say hello to more than ten) Find something to like about everyone you come across today. Make this day the start of every day for the rest of your life.
It’s funny what comes out of war sometimes. Not that war is funny but people often come up with things they may not otherwise think of. During the Civil War, among other things, it was instant coffee. The Revolutionary War gave us a whole new country! And the War between Egypt and Israel in 1973, it was Hello Day. Brian and Michael McCormack decided that maybe if we greeted ten people each with a “hello” we might eventually achieve Global Peace. Well, things haven’t exactly gone that way, the thought is good, but only if everyone participates. Have you been doing your part?
How to celebrate – Say hello to at least ten people. Try saying hello to people in ten different countries! Learn how to say hello in ten different languages.
Today was created by Brian and Michael McCormack in an effort to show how much better the world could be if we all just stopped and said hello to each other. It was 1973 and war was raging between Egypt and Israel and the idea was “greet ten people for peace”.
I think, for what it’s worth, that saying hello to everyone you see is a great idea. It certainly doesn’t cost you much and who knows what you might find out about someone else, and yourself, by simply saying hello.
I watch most people walk around with their heads down, refusing to look up and make eye contact with another person. Maybe it’s because they said hello to someone, or looked someone int the eye and something went wrong. Or maybe we are afraid they might want something from us.
Take the handshake. It came out of ancient days when a friendship was forged with an enemy, or possible enemy. One would extend their hand showing they had no weapon in it, the other would do the same. Far too often today the handshake begins the problems. We look at the person we are shaking hands with as someone who should give their all for our cause… not just to show they aren’t going to try and kill us. Maybe we are looking for too much.
I wonder how many simple “hellos” might lead us to something more if we just tried. After all, every friend you have today started with a… “hello”.
How to celebrate – Say hello to at least ten people today. (Better strangers than friends you have already) Say hello to someone you haven’t talked to in years. Learn “hello” in several languages and great people with their native language.
The idea behind World Hello Day is that if you are saying “Hello” to someone you won’t be fighting them. World Peace is the goal. It was begun in 1973 by Brian and Michael McCormack during the war between Egypt and Israel.
Of course, it might help to learn how to say hello in what ever language is native to the country you are in at the time, other wise you might not know exactly what you are saying to them. It makes sense. If you are friendly enough to say hello to someone it is likely they will say hello in return. If you are busy greeting each other and getting to know each other, it is unlikely you are going to try and harm them or they you.
The days requests that you say hello to at least ten people. I am assuming here they mean ten people you don’t already know since large family group could easily accomplish that in ten minutes. That said, I know some families who haven’t said hello to each other in years.
It really isn’t all that hard to do. Just say hello and maybe you’ll get a hello in return. You’ll feel better for it and so will the recipient. Obviously when someone feels better about themselves they are not as likely to want to hurt someone else.
And if you feel intimidated by saying hello, you can give a wave, it means the same thing. Just make sure you aren’t holding a gun or knife in the hand you are waving with!
How to celebrate – Say hello to ten people. (Animals don’t count) Smile when you say hello, it makes it warmer and more genuine. If someone says hello to you first, it doesn’t count on your saying hello, you must initiate it yourself.