Beth Armstrong

Christian wife, mom, & author. Doing life with my eyes fixed on Jesus. I walk, I stumble, I fall. But God is big. And this is what I write about… Thanks for stopping by!

HAPPY “WORLD HELLO DAY”!

HELLO! SALUT! HOLA!

World Hello Day

Today marks the 40th annual World Hello Day. Did you even know this day existed? I didn’t either. But in honor of it, I say a hearty HELLO to you all.

World Hello Day was conceived as a result of the conflict between Israel and Egypt in 1973. The single purpose of this day is to demonstrate the significance of personal communication for maintaining peace. Since the inception of World Hello Day, folks in 180 countries have participated in World Hello Day simply by greeting at least 10 people. Cool, huh?

I do find it interesting, though, that a world-wide effort like this for preserving peace didn’t go into effect until 1973. I mean, why have we waited this long? Check out what the Apostle Peter wrote back in the 1st century. “Greet each other with Christian love. Peace be with all of you who are in Christ” (1 Peter 5:14, NLT). Just imagine if we all would have been heeding Peter’s advice since the 1st century. What might the world be like?

Here’s my advice…Do more than just imagine!

If 31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among those who have realized World Hello Day’s value as an instrument for preserving peace, then you and I can certainly participate as well.

If you’d like to participate in this world-wide event, simply say HELLO to at least 10 people today. How hard can that be, right? But I think in order to capture the real essence of World Hello Day, you’ve got to reach out, go beyond your comfort zone, and say HELLO to folks that you might not normally engage with. Get up out of your seat, and walk across the room. Seek out the challenging people in your world. And if you really want to score some points and have a lasting impression, call them by name. Or go on a quest to warmly greet 10 perfect strangers today. Think of the possibilities. A peaceful, warm, engaging, invitation to interact with 10 other people.

And it all starts with HELLO!

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One thought on “HAPPY “WORLD HELLO DAY”!

  1. Sarah Sporrer on said:

    A great thing to do every day! Thanks!

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