Have You Said Hello Today?
This Week's Simple Tip
Somewhere along the way, we have gotten to the point where we've stopped greeting others passing by. Have we gotten so afraid that we cannot smile or say hello? The hysterical 1:38 minute clip below demonstrates how this can happen :) While 'hello' may be a simple greeting, its impact is powerful: Research findings show that social connection with others leads to healthier, happier and longer lives. People need people. We always have and always will. Even our prehistoric ancestors relied on social groups for both companionship and survival; staying close to the tribe ensured shelter, food and protection, while separating meant an increased risk of danger. So what keeps us from prioritizing time with people the way we do with exercising and eating healthier? Is it because we think everyone else is uninterested or too busy for conversation? All it takes is for someone to make the first move. Who knows where it will lead?
This Week's Focus
This week, make it a point to find someone to connect with each day. It can be a coworker in an office down the hall, a person in the grocery store, or a neighbor down the street. Just start a conversation that you can open with 'hello.'
Click on the serenity sticky to print, cut and post on your bathroom mirror to remind you of this week's focus. Good luck!
A Little Helpful Hint
Who can help but not love British humor!? Watch this funny account of what happens when a Northerner was apprehended by police in London after walking around and saying 'hello' to strangers. LOL.