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What makes a good goodbye?

When it comes to disconnecting from someone we are connected to, the idea of marking that in some way is important. After all, the relationship is important to us and, by extension, the other person is important. What we gain from a relationship is the knowledge, and the felt sense, that we matter. When it comes to saying goodbye, whether for a short time or more permanently, we are also saying goodbye to that experience, in a way. So how do we do it? There are a couple of interesting approaches revealed in the social conventions to saying goodbye. I’m struck by how often the goodbyes we say mirror the hellos – a hug, handshake, kiss on the cheek. The Italian ‘ciao’ and Hawaiian ‘aloha’ serv

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