Is Hello Enough For You These Days?
In a conversation l recently had with a neighbour, we discussed the whole greeting ‘shebang’ [yes that is my favourited word this week and l think this may well be the fourth time l have written it]. The question posed was ‘Is hello enough for you these days?’
Such an odd question l thought .. is ‘hello’ actually enough? As far as universal greetings go, what’s wrong with hello?
As much as a smile can make the difference to a person’s day can so too not the simple greeting of ‘Hello?’ Do we now need alternatives? I came back thinking about this, and how often l actually use the word ‘hello?’
The answer was actually not that often … l tend to say Hey There, Howdy, Hi There, How are you doing? I greet people frequently, but l don’t actually say ‘hello’ that much.
When walking Scrappy in the mornings if l meet anyone walking or walking their own dogs l am always greeting them, just being polite, the world’s a happier place in my books by being polite, saying ‘hello’, smiling – just being human to other humans.
A greeting says a lot about us, about our personality, our identity, our social beliefs as well as what we stand for – it forms part of our environmental stimulus package, how we cope with the world around us, the state of our happiness and our inner essence towards life in general.
We live in a world that is now dominated by social media, digital platforms, technology and gadgetry and yet despite being in a world driven by so call communications sometimes the one thing that is forgotten about is simply greeting people with simplicity itself – the smile or greeting that says “Bah-weep-Graaaaagnah wheep ni ni bong!” Which in Transformer language is basically a ‘Universal Greeting’ for fellow galactical aliens and translates to ‘Hello!’
So, now l ask you … is Hello enough for you? Do you use the word Hello in greeting or something else? If you do, what do you say to people?