Just as I sat down to write today’s post about World Hello Day, the hook of the Beatle’s song “Hello Goodbye” started playing in my mental jukebox. The tune is absolutely catchy.

You say “Goodbye” and I say “Hello, hello, hello”.
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye”, I say “Hello, hello, hello”.
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye”, I say “Hello, hello, hello”.
I don’t know why you say “Goodbye”, I say “Hello-wow, oh.
Hello”. etc….
{John Lennon, Paul McCartney Sony/ATV Music}

Hello is one of those words that can pass as a complete sentence even if grammarians disagree. It’s a peculiarly contemporary greeting that experts say came into being about a century and a half ago. In its earliest form, the word was used to express surprise or astonishment such as, “Hello, what have we here?” With the advent of the telephone, “hello” became a standard greeting.

Hello is also one of those rare words that elicits a response of the same word. (Goodbye is another one.) When we greet someone we know with “Hello” most of the time the person says “Hello” back to you. The word can take on different meanings depending upon the tone we use. If we just mouth it in an obligatory manner, we receive a similar, lukewarm reply. When we express “Hello!” in a positive, cheerful manner, we will probably get a positive, cheerful reply.

World Hello Day is easily celebrated. All it takes is to say “hello” to at least ten people today. Personally I say “hello” to ten perfect strangers in addition to the friends and acquaintances I normally greet each day with “hello”. When I say “hello” to a male stranger, I smile and give a quick nod of the head. I’m more cautious and subtle when addressing a female stranger because I don’t want to creep her out.

It’s too bad that more men don’t wear a proper hat these days. In the not so distant past, the proper way to greet a lady was with a smile and a tip of the hat. It’s sad that doing so today might bring ridicule to a man. Anyway, this gesture would look silly when wearing a baseball style cap.

A hearty “hello” can be an invitation to generously share time together with a friend or acquaintance. This is a good opportunity to brush up on your listening and conversation skills. Of course, listening is the top conversation skill. It makes sense that “hello” is a great ice-breaker.

One of the best aspects of “hello” is that it enables friendliness. When we feel friendly, other people pick up on that. It would be wonderful if everybody in the world could feel friendly. Perhaps that is the idea behind commemorating World Hello Day.

The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes Jimi Hendrix. “The story of life is quicker than the blink of an eye. The story of love is hello, goodbye.”

About swabby429

An eclectic guy who likes to observe the world around him and comment about those observations.
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