World Hello Day is observed internationally on November 21st
Saying "Hello" to a family member, friend, or an acquaintance is an important step in building and enjoying relationships. This gesture, though seemingly small, can also contribute to your ability to support yourself and others in feeling connected to community.
World Hello Day—now observed in 180 countries—developed in 1973 as a response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel.
Using communication instead of force as a tool to promote peace, World Hello Day encourages each of us to say hello to ten people, be it an old friend or someone new.
Take a moment today to say hi to someone you don’t know. The following tips can help you get started:
- Offer a compliment - “I really like your jacket!”
- Bring up a shared experience - “Did you watch the news last night?”
- Talk about the weather - “Did you get a chance to enjoy the sunshine this weekend?”
- Mention a mutual acquaintance - “I work with Janet! How do you know her?”
- Share an act of kindness like opening the door for someone, or letting someone into a line in front of you.
Ways to connect
Building social connections can be difficult for a variety of reasons. Social anxiety or shyness, language barriers, and finances may be challenges you experience when trying to connect with others. Some of the following ideas might help you to overcome these barriers.