GO! Tend the Global Garden for World Hello Day!

Posted on November 21st, 2008 by Clinically Clueless

HELLO! from sunny Southern California.  “Okay, one down nine more to go.  Oh, what am I doing?”  Well, today (November 21st) is World Hello Day and the main objective is to greet at least 10 people today.  In person, is best, but you can be creative.  This 36th Annual World Hello Day has 180 nations participating to emphasize the importance of personal communication for preserving or establishing peace. 


World Hello Day begun as a response to the conflict between Egypt and Israel in the Fall of 1973.  Brian McCormack, a Ph.D. graduate of Arizona State University, and Michael McCormack, a graduate of Harvard University, worked together to promote this annual global event.  


People all around the world use the World Hello Day as an opportunity to express their concern for world peace.  Activities include sending messages to world leaders encouraging them to use communication rather than force to settle conflict.  It is a global expression of peace. 


On the World Hello Day Website, http://www.worldhelloday.org they have 31 winners of the Nobel Peace Prize and others contributing letters (such as one from Mother Teresa shown below) of support for this day to be used as a tool for preserving peace and as an occasion that makes it possible for anyone in the world to contribute to the process of creating peace.  But, concern can be expressed in simply saying, “hello,” to at least ten people today.  Meaning that peace begins with two people breaking barriers.



When was the last time, that someone said, “hello,” to you.  Do you remember how good that can make you feel.  Or, when was the last time you said, “hello,” to someone or smiled at them.  I often find they smile back or say, “hello.”  It is an awkward moment because we are not used to it, but it shouldn’t be.  It breaks down barriers and begins communication which breaks down sterotypes and fears about “strangers.”  It unites two people for that brief moment or can make someones day. (or you can have fun just making people nervous…I’m kidding). These activities can be integrated into your normal daily life.  Imagine a world like that…it would be a much nicer place, a better garden for all.  Flowers run amok…oh, little out of control here.  Seeds being planted and flowers everywhere!!


Peace Out, CC!!



How will you participate today or on the day that you read this post?


How will you keep this a part of your everyday life?


Any other ideas or suggestions to make the global or personal garden grow?

8 Responses to “GO! Tend the Global Garden for World Hello Day!”

  1. Simple Zack says:

    Hello CC! I like the idea. People in the area around me and on campus especially, seem to be losing that human sense of being connected with one another. Too often we focus on only our differences and lose sight of what we can find in common.

    For example, a friend of mine once told me that he would absolutely not go out of his way to greet someone who was skateboarding on the side of the road near he was walking. He told me he was football player (jugador de futbol americano) and that he would probably have nothing in common with a hippie skater boy. And he truly believed in what he was telling me. This is insane to me because I know through my few years of experience that everyone has commonalities. And besides, we learn from others’ differences anyways.

    So great post CC.

    • Hi Zack,

      Had some personal stuff, so sorry that I didn’t get back to you. Thank you for the compliment. I love your comment and illustration of your friend…that friend is missing out on so much of life. Maybe, he will grow. But, I am glad you are. Your more important to me anyway because I know who you are more.


  2. A/C says:

    GDay CC….

    One down… GDay Zack… lol

    I do enjoy saying hello to complete strangers during the warmer months, they are generally tourist, and havent come to terms with the Tasmanian way of things… it can be very funny….
    They guy at the servo would come out with GDay Cobber…. totally perplexing many overseas tourist… Good value…

  3. Jim says:

    HELLO to the TEN

    That would be a cool name for a pop group!

    Could be a great viral way to connect with others in Cyberspace – you’ve inspired me to smile & say Hello to 10 people EVERYDAY now CC – assuming I don’t get arrested of course….

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