Posted September 08, 2018 12:17:33 I have a birthday wish for the most popular person on Earth, and I’m about to ask my mom if I could meet them.
“We have this great opportunity to meet my father, the man who built the Statue of Liberty, and then the man that built the monument that is the Capitol, so if you could please say hello to him, you would have a wonderful birthday,” my mom said.
The moment was captured on film, and it’s now making its way around the internet.
“It’s a very nice gesture to meet people who have a great deal of respect for America,” says Jennifer Deitch, an associate professor of communication studies at the University of South Carolina.
“If it is a way to get to know them and to give them a hug, I think that’s a wonderful way to spend a birthday.”
Deitch and other researchers have tried to figure out what it’s like to have an “audience” of people, and whether it’s as simple as that.
“I think there’s some sort of cognitive component to the wish,” says Deitch.
“The intention is to create some sort and then you can try to get out of the way of it.”
For the researchers, the key is to understand what it is about the wish that makes it successful, and how the wishes are actually expressed.
“There are a lot of different reasons why people wish to go to Heaven,” says researcher Daniel K. Wehner.
“For instance, some people say, ‘I love the country, it’s beautiful, I want to go there.’
Others say, `I want to travel the world and see people I haven’t seen in a while, and have a nice, relaxing time.’
Some people want to visit friends or relatives they haven’t met before, or have a special occasion, such as their 80th birthday.”
One reason why the wishes might not be as simple is because the wishes themselves are still “pretty vague,” says Wehner, and there’s still room for the wish to change.
“One person could wish they’d never met their family, or that they’d just met somebody else’s family and never met them,” he says.
“You have to be open to that.
It can be a bit of a slippery slope.”
So, what are the best wishes for someone in your 90s?
And what is the most common wish of someone over 85?
Here are some of the top wishes of people over the age of 85, according to a study published in the journal Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.
“Go to Heaven” – 82.2% of people “I want you to know that I’m in heaven right now and that I’ll be with you forever.”
“Meet my father” – 74.6% of adults “I have been dreaming of meeting my father for years, and now I finally have a chance.”
“Travel to heaven” – 75.3% of Americans “I know my family would love to see me there.”
“Join the church” – 71.3 of people.
“As long as you’re married, go to church.”
“Help make the world a better place” – 68.6 of Americans.
“My son and I are going to go on a mission to visit people who are suffering in Africa and the Middle East.
We have no idea where we’ll be going, but we know that we’re going to meet some wonderful people.”
“See the stars and hear the sounds of the cosmos” – 67.9 of people 6.7% of the population “I wish I could go out and see the stars, hear the sound of the planets, and see more of the universe.”
“Be with my family” – 66.4% of all Americans.
“Find someone special” – 62.4 of all adults “Find a friend or family member that’s in the same situation as you and who is also feeling like you have a lot in common.”
“Take the road less traveled” – 59.4.% of those over the ages of 85.
“Have an amazing time” – 58.5 of all people.