Every great day begins with Hello. Sometimes it sounds like Good Morning… Pleased to meet you… How are you…? Or great shoes! But I hope they all convey the same message.

We are connected. You are not alone.     I see you. You matter.

I’ve been reading (and re-reading) Dr. Sanjay Gupta’s article Just Say Hello in the March edition of The Oprah Magazine. Illuminating from an evolutionary perspective – one I hadn’t spent much time thinking about.

Gupta says, “Our prehistoric ancestors relied on social groups not just for companionship, but for survival. Staying close to the tribe brought access to shelter, food and protection. Separation from the group, on the other hand, meant danger. Today when we feel left out, our bodies may sense a threat to survival, and some of the same pain signals that would engage if we were in real physical danger are flipped on.”

We don’t live in prehistoric times anymore, but our bodies are still hardwired for survival. While our inborn nature drives us to connect (to survive), the modern world is slowly forcing us apart. We are becoming more disconnected and isolated, resorting to texts, likes and 140 character tweets for our social interaction.

This is tragic. And frankly, friends, intolerable.

What’s going on in the world when we don’t acknowledge the people around us?

We can set this right. You and me… we! We crave the same thing. Love and connection. So let’s connect…

Say hello. (You see me.)

Say hello. How are you? (You hear me.)

Say hello. Great shoes! (Help me feel like I matter.)

Saying hello is the responsibility of each and every one of us.

  • Make eye contact.
  • Say hello.
  • Offer a helping hand.
  • Give a compliment. (Sandal season is just weeks away. Hello, nice toes!)

Say hello to the heart beating next to you. To the shoes walking beside you. To the tribe you were once a part of.

Let’s get back to our nature. JUST SAY HELLO.

 

Image Thanks Jimmy Nelson