"Bless You" Why do you say?

@jess368 (3368)
United States
September 4, 2007 3:23pm CST
My boyfriend brought this up the other day, and now I am curious. He asked me why do you say bless you? I said because its the curtious thing to do. He then proceded to ask me why dont I say it when someone caughs or anything like that? So I told him people have been doing this for ever. People started saying bless you because it was thought that when you sneeze you dont breath. Who waqs to know what would happen after that, so people would "bless you" just incase... So, do you say bless you when a person sneezes? If not what do you say if anything at all?
4 people like this
9 responses
@Shaun72 (15968)
• Palatka, Florida
5 Sep 07
I always so bless you when someone sneezes. Like you said you don't breathe while you are sneezing.
@izathewzia (5142)
• Philippines
27 Nov 07
I made this a topic also few days ago. The most factual response i got was, we say bless you because it is believed that our heart stop a fraction of a second when we sneezes. So we said "bless you". Shortened for "God bless you" wishing the person to recover.
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
28 Nov 07
That is what I have heard. I know some people that that will always say "God Bless You". And I know others who think its silly, and will not say anything at all.
@all4us (9)
• United States
5 Sep 07
I too have heard the old story that saying "God Bless You" began long ago when people believed that a demon could enter your body when you sneeze since your systems shut down. I think over time it just got shortened to "bless you" either for time's sake or non-believers or being politically correct or whatnot. I have a friend that sneezes very quietly & it sounds a lot like a cough. So, sometimes when she coughs I'll say "bless you" & then ask if it was a sneeze. If she says no, I'll jokingly say "oh well, you need blessing anyway!" :-) I definitely say it, even to people I don't know or that can't hear me. Even if I'm in a huge meeting, if someone sneezes, I'll say "bless you" under my breath. It's crazy, I know, but it's definitely a habit. As an aside: I heard a comedian once -- Dane Cook, who's stinkin' hilarious -- say that when someone sneezes, he deliberately says "GOD bless you" because by shortening it, you're taking credit for the action, and as he says something like, "I'm not the LORD! I don't have the power to bless anyone." hahahah :-)
1 person likes this
@jess368 (3368)
• United States
13 Oct 07
I too love Dane Cook! thanks for the response
@ESKARENA1 (18299)
5 Sep 07
i too have heard that it comes from a belief that the heart stopped when you sneeze and a blessing is given to celebrate its return to beating blessed be
1 person likes this
@Rozie37 (15503)
• Turkmenistan
5 Sep 07
When a person sneezes, the heart does skip a beat and this is why we say, "God bless you." My brother -in-law was trying to be funny one day, when I sneezed, he said, "Curse you." Ha, was not too funny at all.
1 person likes this
@arcidy (5016)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I dont know why we say bless you when someone sneezes or how it got started. If you think about it whats the point of saying bless you it dosnt do anything to help out the person in any way so I dont know why we should even say it. I first thought of this when they were talking about it on an episode of seinfeld never really thought of it before that.
1 person likes this
@sunshinecup (7881)
4 Sep 07
From what I heard it was once beleive when you sneezed a it was because a deamon was trying to enter your nose. So by saying by blessing the person the deamon would leave. So I decided to look it up here is what I found at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bless_you The belief that the heart stops when you sneeze, and the phrase "bless you" is meant to ensure the return of life or to encourage your heart to continue beating. (Of course, the heart beats because of electrical pulses that are not affected by normal functions like sneezing.) Your soul can be thrown from your body when you sneeze, and saying "bless you" prevents your soul from being stolen by Satan or some evil spirit. Thus, "bless you" or "God bless you" is used as a sort of shield against evil. A sneeze is good luck and saying "bless you" is no more than recognition of the sneezer's luckiness. So there seems to be many reasons for it, LOL. Yes I say it out of habit.
@theprogamer (10539)
• United States
4 Sep 07
I learned that story back when I was in elementary. Thanks for posting it. Softens my work on this thread Sunshine :)
@twoey68 (13651)
• United States
17 Sep 07
I do...it's just the way I was raised. Like saying Please and Thank You. **AT PEACE WITHIN** ~~STAND STRONG IN YOUR BELIEFS~~
@mi2ok02 (406)
• United States
14 Sep 07
Sure I do! I say it because it is been reported that sneezing costs you a few seconds off of your life and if you say "bless you", God will give those seconds back to you. Silly I know.