In Good Health
When someone sneezes in public, it’s a knee-jerk reaction to say “Bless you!” or some such variation. It’s viewed as the polite thing to do here in the states, and a lot of people do it automatically without thinking. But, did you know that phrase is uniquely American?
This Canadian had heard the rumors, and was pleasantly surprised to receive a “Bless you” when they sneezed on a trip to Boston. Although other countries might not use the exact same phrase as U.S. culture, many places have an equivalent saying, such as “Salud” or “Gesundheit.” Although different places say different things, each saying is basically wishing good health for the sneezer, which we think is pretty courteous!