Health tips Why do we say good luck when we sneeze? Here are six reasons

Everybody sneezes, usually people sneeze when they are suffering from a cold - sneezing is one of the symptoms. But around the world, many people will say “good luck” or “bless you” when they hear a sneeze.

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Everybody sneezes, usually people sneeze when they are suffering from a cold - sneezing is one of the symptoms. But around the world, many people will say “good luck” or “bless you” when they hear a sneeze.

But why? Here are six reasons.

  1. The only time the heart stops beating is when you sneeze, therefore people will say good luck to avert any unintended disaster.
  2. According to Doctor Walker of the Danpong Hospital at Spintex, sometimes the first sign doctors notice before a patient recovers from a coma is sneezing and so people or family close by would say good luck to mean welcome back to life.
  3. Muslims will say “All praise is due to Allah” when one sneezes and anyone around will respond “May Allah guide you.” Referring to being thankful and praising God for life.
  4. It is also believed that when one sneezes very early in the morning, which could mean a good or bad day so elderly folks would prompt you to quickly say “good luck” so that the household would experience good things.
  5. When someone is expecting news and you sneeze it could mean good or bad luck, so the recipient will expect you to say ‘good luck’.
  6. According to Rev. Nelson Lotsu of Worldlife Chapel, he debunked the statement by saying that Christian do not leave by chance nor luck but we leave and walk by faith.
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