Why is it that when we sign an email or close a transaction at the store, we so often tell the person we are communicating with to “Have a nice day”, “Have a good weekend” or “Have a great week”? Why do we pick such seemingly arbitrary segments of time to wish them well for?
For example, I just received an email from a friend who closed it by saying “Have a great week!”, and I thought to myself Why just a week? What is it about this particular week that she hopes is so great? Is she anticipating or even hoping that said “greatness” will expire at the end of this week, and not extend into the next? Similar concerns could be expressed when one is wished a great day, weekend, or any other finite amount of time.
When you think about it, you don’t often hear people wish people well for any segment of time longer than a week (with the exception of phrases like “Have a Great Summer” or “Have a Great Year”, which you will find in yearbooks and New Year’s greetings, respectively).
You would never close a letter to your friend with “Have a great month” (for that’s just sort of odd) or a transaction at the grocery store with “Have a great year” (again, with the exception of New Year’s).
Really, shouldn’t we be telling eachother to “Have a great life”? But here’s the twist: for some reason that’s considered an insult!
OK, it’s been a long day and I’m clearly thinking too hard. Time for bed!