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.
What about rules? All games have rules.
- Each Thursday, I’ll pick a Theme (Naturally, of something positive).
- I will, therefore, Tag Three Bloggers to continue the themed positive message along.
- 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).
- 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
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.