Hello! Namaste! Asalaamu Alaykum! (World Hello Day)

Cute cartoon image of bird tweeting hello for World Hello Day

Tomorrow is World Hello Day , but we just couldn’t wait to say ‘hello!’ 

There is such a thing as World Hello Day and it is in its 42nd year of existence! Celebrated each 21st November, it was created by two brothers, Brian and Michael McCormack, both graduates – the former from Arizona State University and the latter from Harvard University. Hello Day was born in reaction to the Egypt-Israel conflict, to highlight the importance of communication in preservation of peace.

What the brothers did was to write to leaders of the world and other influential figures, telling them about their idea and asking them to join in the effort to raise awareness about their initiative, in the hope of spreading goodwill and peace. (Sounds familiar? Isn’t it like sharing information about a campaign for a cause and asking for support?!)

The wonderful thing is that these world leaders made time in their busy schedules to respond. World Hello Day had 25 countries observing it when it debuted. And the number has climbed since. Today, at least 179 countries have celebrated the day in small or big ways. (Yes, reaching out to your supporters would get you responses as well!)

Visit the World Hello Day website and you can view some of the letters the founders received from world leaders, Nobel Prize winners, authors, thespians and others. You can read letters from Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, Queen Elizabeth II, Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Rainier and more.

Anyone can participate in the movement by extending a simple ‘hello’ to ten people. If you’d like to do more, you can go further than just a cheery hello. Look back into your past. Is there someone in your life with whom you had a falling out and have severed communication? Why not extend an olive branch to them in reconciliation?

We understand this is not a simple thing to do. But if you’re up to it and feel enough time has elapsed, to be able to leave the past in the past and start afresh, this is a wonderful way and a wonderful day to initiate the gesture, to forgive and be forgiven.

Why wait till 21st November? Say ‘hello’ today!

Share with us your World Hello Day experiences in the comments below!

Start your own initiative for change!

 

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Steven Harper

He's a foodie, which he considers a bit of a bane each time he steps on the weighing scale. We often eat his share of dessert to help him out, and we just can't understand why he gets mad at us instead of being grateful.

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