"I do embarrass myself daily with some overzealous attempts to connect with fellow Americans"
"I seem to own an arm with an uncontrollable, instinctive wag reflex, much like a dog’s tail."
Let’s take a look at what a momentary piece of affirmation seasoned with a pinch of respect could do for each party involved: Each successful wave has the potential to unlock some neurochemicals of happiness if all goes well. Serotonin, Dopamine, Endorphins, and Oxytocin each hold the wonderful possibility of lifting our mood and outlook. Dopamine, the “feel-good hormone,” may be naturally released into the partakers of the manifested mini-connection. It’s the same minuscule “high” one gets from receiving a “like” from a social media post, but received from an actual present human. Endorphins relieve pain through movement such as dance.
"Each successful wave has the potential to unlock some neurochemicals of happiness"
"I believe the quick tiny bond shared by a cordial exchange has an element of a satisfying dance to it, albeit a dance with only one move."
Picture the familiar hometown human interest story on the local news of “Mr. Bill” – the ancient, beloved Crossing Guard. My kids tease I will also spend my final years sharing a rickety salute from the corner with all the fine people on Main Street. Fair enough. I still hold to the idea that a random upward palm sway could simply make a fellow human feel included on the journey when it mattered for them most!! So America, do not wave off the hidden power of an earnest wave!