Hello! Most likely, I’ve just greeted ten people simply by posting today’s blog page. Today is World Hello Day. The commemoration encourages us to greet ten people today. Technically, I probably met my personal goal by simply adding the thumbnail description of this page to Facebook. However, I won’t let myself off the hook that easily. In order to do this correctly, I need to say “Hello” to ten folks in person.

The process of greeting people is complicated by the face masks we wear during the pandemic, because smiles are usually an integral part of saying “Hello”. We can partially solve the dilemma by observing each other’s eyes. Facial expression experts point out that authentic smiles don’t happen with our mouths alone. A sincere smile involves the entire face. The most authentic one of all is the “Duchenne Smile”. The muscles required to smile this way are involuntary. It’s very difficult to fake the “Duchenne Smile”.

I’ve noticed that in most instances a genuine smile that is given results in a genuine smile being returned. This seems to be a universal feature that spans all cultures and nationalities on Earth. Genuine smiles can also trigger friendly responses from our pet dogs and cats. I’m guessing this may also be true if we smile at non-pet species of intelligent creatures like squirrels or birds.

The main point of today’s commemoration is not to greet cats, although we can do that too, we are being urged to say “Hello” to human beings. To greet others today can be interpreted as a way to express our concern for peace. Hello Day is a simple way to tell our leaders to use communication instead of aggression and force to settle disagreements.

“I thought I was clever by greeting casting agents in my Australian accent and then switching to an American one during the performance. But the Australian accent seemed to put them off. Now it’s the opposite; they love Australians. And with my thick Californian accent I now have a problem convincing them I’m Australian.”–television actor, Jonathan LaPaglia

I’m one of those people who is not cynical about greeting cards. I like to send and receive them. Cards are ubiquitous everywhere. They are tangible evidence that someone was thinking about you. I have a box that contains greeting cards sent by family and friends. Sometimes when I feel bummed out, I pull a card or two at random from the box and remember that friend’s thoughtfulness. Oftentimes, brief notations accompany their signatures. It doesn’t matter if it’s mid-November or whenever, a birthday card from summertime or a Valentine’s card from February is fun to read again. Someone took the time and effort to select a card and place it in the mail. Cards are a great way to say “Hello”.

Greeting cards and social media are not requirements for today’s commemoration. A simple, spoken “Hello” is fine. At the end of the day we are people being friendly and civil to other people who are relating to each other in a basic, positive manner.


The Blue Jay of Happiness likes this quip from singer/songwriter, and philanthropist, Ronan Keating. “When greeting Pope Benedict a few years ago, I was meant to kiss the papal ring but I head-butted his hand instead. He just laughed at me.”

About swabby429

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

  1. Alien Resort says:

    And hello to you. I think my hellos will have to be internet ones for this year’s World Hello Day.

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