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5 Ways High Fives Make the World a Happier Place

April 16, 2014

The origin of the “high five” is widely unknown, but one thing is for sure: high fives are a great way to show you care and leave you and a friend feeling energized. A simple high five can say so many things. In honor of National High Five Day, here are five reasons high fives make the world a happier place!

High fives build communities

High fives are an easy way to show encouragement, seal a deal, or simply say, “Hey!” Some of the greatest relationships can be formed by sharing a high five. It’s just like a hug—for your hand!

 

High fives increase positivity

A high five is a surefire way to brighten someone’s day. Typically a high five comes with a smile, which we all know is contagious. Next time you see someone looking a bit blue, give them a high five. It’s guaranteed to bring a smile to their face!

 

High fives spark laughter

High fives can be silly and creative depending on how far you let your imagination travel. Next time you plan to give a high five, get creative! Do an around-the-back high five; try it while jumping in the air, or surprise a friend with confetti in your hand. The ensuing laughter will be priceless!

Child laughing

Photo courtesy of Cherie J Photography

 

High fives encourage play

What may start out as a high five could potentially end up in a simple game of tag or an all-out tickle war! Remember high fives can happen anytime and anywhere, just like play!

Kids running

Photo courtesy of Amanda Westmont

 

High fives will never go out of style

High fives have been around forever, and they will continue to be around as long as we keep being friendly, keep encouraging one another, and keep playing. So go out and share some high fives! There’s no doubt it will make someone’s day!

High Five

Photo courtesy of Duane Storey

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