31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize are among the people who have realized World Hello Day’s value as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.
In our media driven world, with global communications available every day, it is good to remember the power of a simple hello. Talking to people helps us form communities and networks of support, and invites everyone to participate in a vision of a world free from violence.
Here’s what you can do this World Hello Day on 21 November:
- Say hello to ten people today - Take the time to greet people you don’t normally talk to. Shop keepers, people at the bus stop, parents at the school gates, and folk you walk past on the street will all appreciate a friendly greeting. A smile and a friendly hello makes us feel valued and helps form connections – who knows, you could be making a new friend!
- Learn how to say hello in different languages - There are 2,796 languages in the world. That’s a lot of different hellos! Find out how to say hello in just some of the languages and you will teach your children valuable life lessons in communication with all people, whatever nationality. Plus learning this simple word is a great way to discover linguistics and have fun into the bargain!
- Promote peace in your language using NVC - Marshall Rosenberg began developing his model of Nonviolent Communication more than forty years ago in the US, in response to the physical, emotional and spiritual violence he witnessed in society. He has since worked with people worldwide to resolve conflict peacefully with Nonviolent Communication (NVC). NVC is a great tool to use at home and at work and can make a HUGE difference to the way in which we communicate with those we love, promoting happiness and resolution.
- Learn hello in sign language - Around 50,000 people in the UK use sign language to communicate. It’s a wonderful tool to teach your children, breaking down the barriers between children with disabilities and their playmates. Learn how to say hello in sign language and maybe discover some other useful words too.
Article by Lucy Corkhill