What is World Hello Day?
World Hello Day was established in 1973 as an international day of communication in response to the conflict at the time between Egypt and Israel. The aim of World Hello Day was for people to set an example to leaders of the world by saying hello to 10 new people. The point was to encourage world leaders to choose communication rather than force to end conflict. The perfectly simple premise behind World Hello Day a simple hello could spread around the world and help us come together to reduce conflict and build peace.
The official World Hello Day is November 21, but you may be forgiven for missing it, as it seems to have lost much of the momentum it had in the 70s. These days simply saying hello to 10 people doesn’t really sound like a movement that could change the world. Especially when we often interact online with 10 times that number of people daily.
However, we love the bigger idea behind World Hello Day. We love the idea that communication can reduce conflict and bring peace. This is an idea we can really get behind as we think every day we need to be reminded to use the power of communication for good.
The Power of Communication
We believe strongly in the power of communication to reduce conflict. And, we know that communication is the key to increasing understanding and kindness in a world desperately in need of more compassion, empathy and love. We strongly support the power of communication for these reasons:
Communication reduces the risk of using force in a conflict and therefore contributes to a more peaceful world.
Communication can increase compassion by building a deep awareness of and sympathy for another’s suffering.
Communication spreads kindness by being warm-hearted, considerate, humane and sympathetic.
Communication builds empathy through comprehension and sharing of another’s life, feelings and way of living.
How can we use the power of communication for good every day?
Seek first to understand
When talking with others consider carefully their point of view. How might we see the situation differently from their side?
Listen genuinely without interruption
Taking our time and really listening to the other person is an important key in reducing conflict. Listen before jumping in with your opinion, be courteous and open to hearing what others think and feel. While you may not agree on everything you should be open to letting others have their say.
Make a personal commitment to use kind communication to overcome any disagreements. Avoid escalating an argument and instead seek to find a solution by talking it out.
Every person deserves to be treated fairly and with kindness regardless of his or her race, gender orientation, political views or religion.
Do not be afraid to speak out when you see injustice or discrimination. Be the voice that calls out an injustice and encourage others to do the same.
Help share the message of peace
Support local organizations that work towards fighting for equality and human rights for all. Use the power of your words to share their message to a wider audience.
“Never Believe That A Few Caring People Can’t Change The World. For, Indeed, That’s All Who Ever Have.”
– Margaret Mead