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This is something that we all come across very often in our day to day lives. It’s like an instinct, the minute someone sneezes we blurt out “bless you”. But have you ever thought about the origin of this? How did this start and is there a logical reason behind using these two words at the precise moment that we do?

Here are a few opinions that I have come across:

1. Most common reason, it is polite. It’s good manners to say “bless you” when someone sneezes.

2. Some say, a part of your soul actually leaves your body when you sneeze.

3. Ettiquete

4. Now this is the reason I find most convincing, when a person sneezes he misses or skips a heartbeat. Being alive after missing a heartbeat actually proves that you are blessed and that’s the reason why these two words are used.

Now I know this may sound silly, so if you have a different answer, please feel free to leave it in the comments section.