P.O.P. ~ Gracious Greetings

Thank you, Beckie of Beckie’s Mental Mess for tagging me to participate in week three of this new game.

What is this new game, you ask? I’ll let Beckie describe it in her own copy/pasted words

Pop of Positivity”   It’s based on one simple thing.  “Life doesn’t have to suck all the time.”  Let’s face it… There’s a Helluva lot of negativity in the real world, and it’s pretty hard to escape it.  I thought of this as a means to brighten up everyone’s day.  Taking time away from thinking about the negative and switch gears and think of the positive.  Perhaps,  we can all share some smiles along the way too.

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What about rules? All games have rules.

Rules:

  1. Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).
  2. I will, therefore, Tag Three Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.
  3. You, the recipient of the tag can select anyway fit on how you want to share this positivity.  (Example: A Quote, Affirmation, Music Video, Memes, Pictures, etc… As long it sticks to the Theme).
  4. You will create a Pingback to the original post, as well as notifying your tagged blogger that you have selected them.

That doesnt seem too difficult. Let’s see what I can come up with.

What does it mean to be Gracious?

The gracious person is kind and tactful.

Arthur Dobrin D.S.W.

This is the first line of an article I found at Psychology Today, titled What It Means To Be Gracious.

I think our world could use a little more kindness, tact and basic respect in all our interactions.

This is about greetings though. How can we be gracious when we greet someone, especially the first time?

I found this information at a site called Family Education. The article is titled Gracious Greetings Between Cultures. Part of being gracious is being kind to people. When greeting someone from a different culture, its kind and respectful to show understanding of their customs.

  • When greeting Asians for the first time, do not initiate the handshake. You may be forcing a physical contact that the other person finds uncomfortable. Many Asians, particularly Japanese, have learned to accept the handshake when dealing with Westerners. Because the bow is the customary greeting in Japan, a slight bow of the head when responding to a proffered handshake is appropriate. Westerners generally are not expected to be familiar with the complex Japanese bowing protocols.

  • Most Latinos are more accustomed to physical contact. Even people who know each other only slightly may embrace when greeting.

  • Middle Easterners, particularly Muslims, avoid body contact with the opposite sex, but persons of the same sex commonly hug when greeting each other. When shaking hands, men should be careful not to pull their hand away too quickly. Orthodox Jews also avoid all physical contact with those of the opposite sex who are not family members.

  • People from France, Spain, Italy, and Portugal greet friends by kissing on both cheeks.

  • The smile is the near-universal gesture of friendliness, and in America its meaning is usually clear. The person smiling is happy, amused, and/or sending out a friendly signal. In other cultures the smile may be sending other signals. In some Latin cultures, for example, the smile may be used to say “Excuse me” or “Please.”

  • If a person from another culture does not return your greeting smile, it doesn’t indicate hostility or bad manners. In some Asian cultures, smiling is a gesture to be reserved for informal occasions, and smiling while being formally introduced would be considered disrespectful.

  • In many cultures, avoiding eye contact is a sign of respect, but such behavior can lead to misunderstandings. For example, some Korean shopkeepers have been accused of disrespecting their non-Korean customers because the shopkeepers avoided making eye contact. The same sort of misunderstanding has occurred between American teachers and Asian students who do not look at the teacher while he or she is speaking.

 

It really doesnt take much effort to be gracious. We should all make our Greetings Gracious, it might just turn someone’s bad day into a good day.

Now to tag three people. I’m going to tag

Ursula

Paula

Rory

I’m hoping they play along because all three have fun, interesting takes on just about everything and all three are excellent with words. I am always grateful to the people who share their words with us.

 

19 thoughts on “P.O.P. ~ Gracious Greetings

      1. You’re welcome Angie. You are absolutely right. I love how you researched different cultures and their customs. If we all tried to understand those who are different from us, we will be living in a peaceful and harmonious world.

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  1. Angie… Dang, girlfriend! I love this!!!😍 😘 🥰 You really went the extra mile with a full history lesson on gracious greetings! This is so very cool!
    The Japanese, I learned quickly when I used to work in the office of a steel company. I thought the CEO was going to have heart failure when I attempted to shake his hand during my interview. LOL! 🤣 But, it was like you just sated… It’s a cultural thing.
    Awesome post, Angie!!! You get an A+ from me! 🙌 👏

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    1. Why thank you!😊🤗 I thought I’d explore the “anything goes” aspect of the game, let me victims… I mean the people I tagged, know they can do whatever too.
      Plus, a lot of my posts lately have been game stuff, I wanted to do something with more substance. Than you for giving me the kick in the ass, I mean the tag, to get me going😘🥰🤣

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  2. Great post, Angie 🙂

    I love what you did with the idea, such a brilliant spin of perspective. I always admire those who think out of the box and view things from a position other than their own. If they explore the world beyond their personal bubble, I deep bow to their awesome.

    Whenever I travel to another country I try to respect that country’s customs as best as I can – people tend to appreciate the gesture even if you mess it up. Idem when meeting someone from another country/culture in my own territory. Although if it involves kissing and hugging… I prefer as little physical contact as possible, none is the best.

    The French appreciate people attempting to speak French even if you do it really badly and they can’t understand you, because it shows respect. You get brownie points for trying and the “rude” Parisians suddenly become really sweet and helpful.

    In Southern Italy glaring is a customary greeting, smiling is seen as possibly suspicious 😉

    I have to admit that I tend to react to tags like I do to being touched 😀 I wasn’t going to participate and was trying to figure out a gracious way of doing it, but something happened today and it ties in so well with this, so I’m doing it but I’m not going to tag anyone else.

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    1. Thanks Ursula!
      Yeah, I kinda got the message you weren’t thrilled with the tag. I shall put you on the “do not tag” list. I wasnt going to tag you because I sorta already knew it wasnt really your thing but I admit that I thought you could do something cool with this topic. A big thank you to whatever it is that happened and to you in advance for what I’m sure will be a wonderful thought journey.

      I’ll see you later, or rather you’ll see me, over in your comments section later on the archetype post. 🙇‍♀️🌻

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      1. Thank you, Angie, for being understanding and rather psychic-empath about it 😉

        I don’t mind being tagged every now and again, trust the force within you, Luke, but… my post in response to your tag explains the rest in my usual blunt-blurt-blurby style. 😀

        I’m highly skilled in making things awkward!

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