Are you the friendly one in your neighborhood or are you more the crank? Well, today it doesn’t matter as this is the day that is all about fresh beginnings. It’s Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day! Don’t laugh, this is a real holiday…really!

Instead of getting…or giving… that one-fingered wave as you walk by to get in the car, today open that hand and wiggle all your fingers as you wave. You may just be surprised at the result. You might even get a new beginning!

Learn about Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day

Now, we’re not sure that we know many people who wave at their neighbors only using three of their fingers, do you? Anything fewer and it may not be a wave at all! Although the name of this date could be a little bit on the confusing side, Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day simply means that you should wave at your neighbors and that you should do it in a pleasant and friendly way. So, if you’re someone who has give your neighbor the finger before because they have annoyed you, on this date you can try to wave in a friendly manner instead. Sounds easy enough, right?

Well, we know that not everyone reading this is going to have enjoyed a pleasant relationship with their neighbor. We have all heard stories about neighbors from hell! If you feel that your neighbor falls into this category, you may not want to wave at him or her in a friendly manner. However, taking the high road, even if it is just for one day, can feel better than you may expect. Plus, simply seeing the shock on your neighbor’s face because of your unexpected kindness can make it worth it.

History of Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

People have been dealing with their neighbors since the dawn of days. It is difficult to get ahead in life if you can’t get ahead in your relationship with those who live around you. The creation of this seemingly silly day had a higher motive than to make you giggle. Think about how much stress is created when you are not happy in your home. When you can’t enjoy your space and you think that no matter what you do it will always be wrong there needs to be a way to get on the better side of things. This is it!

The creators of this day had the following to say about it:

“After all the challenges we and our neighbors have faced, it’s time to put it all aside for at least one day. Wave ‘hello’ to everybody, and mean it.”

Better neighborhood relations can add so much in everyone’s life. Lowered stress levels are better for your health. Being comfortable in your home can open you up to all sorts of positivity! They say that what you surround yourself with is a reflection of your mind. Therefore, if you want your home to be a sanctuary for you and your friends, start with peace between you and your neighbors.

How to celebrate Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day

When you see a neighbor today, wave… yes, all those digits….and add a smile. If you are feeling particularly bold you could even utter “Hello!”. I know this might all be out of your comfort zone, but remember it is all about new beginnings! If your neighbor doesn’t fall over in shock, they might actually smile back!

Don’t be frightened if they approach with questions and a desire to talk with you for a short time. This is how it should be! Practice your small talk and you may even make a new friend! True success on this holiday would be for you and your neighbors to give each other a chance. Start over if there has been friction and maybe you will find you have more in common than where you live.

Do you think that this is a holiday that should only be held once a year? Maybe you could try to have an unofficial go at it every few months. There is nothing saying you can’t make every wave going forward any different than the one used today on Wave All Your Fingers at Your Neighbors Day! You never know, summer might find you seated at a neighbor’s poolside sipping a cold drink surrounded by other neighbors and having a great time! Give it a try!

Another way that you can celebrate Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day is by watching a film about neighbors. There are a lot of great movies out there that are based on the relationship between people that live next door. Examples include Arlington Road, As Good as It Gets, American Beauty, Neighbors, Hot Fuzz, Disturbia, Rear Window, and The ‘Burbs. You can get some snacks in and enjoy a night in front of the television. If you and your neighbor have a good relationship, you may decide to have a movie night together to pay tribute to Wave All Your Fingers At Your Neighbors Day.

The main purpose of this day, though, is to promote being kind to one and other at all times. This usually starts with a greeting. By smiling at someone and saying “hello” to them, you can create a happy feeling in your local area. It does not take a lot to be nice to someone, and making an effort can go a very long way. In recent years, we don’t seem to be as close to our neighbors as we were in previous generations, so now is the time to change this.

After all, happy and positive communication helps communities to thrive. You should not underestimate the impact that this could have in your local area. Plus, what have you got to lose by saying hello to your neighbor and starting a conversation with them?

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