Have you hugged someone today?
I am a hugger…. you know the kind that hugs friends, family, children, colleagues etc. Well so far I think I have managed to refrain from startling strangers with hugs but who knows someday you might find me on a street corner offering free hugs 🙂 After all, everybody, needs a spot of brightness in their day.
There’s a hindi movie where the hero goes around giving patients in a hospital big bear hugs – “jadu ka jhappi” – the magical tight hug that makes people feel so much better. I liked that phrase “magic hug”, in fact I would hug my son all the time and tell him that I am trying to squeeze the juice out of him and then we would have a competition on who’s losing more juice depending on who’s hugging harder. Those are moments that make a whole life time worthwhile.
There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.”
Studies have shown that there are psychological, physiological and spiritual benefits to hugging. Benefits range from lower stress level by reducing the production of cortisol to an increase in production of oxytocin, serotonin and dopamine, the hormones that are primarily responsible for feeling content, happy, relaxed, loved. So if you are trying to be happy and relaxed, then besides the meditation and the prayers, I would certainly recommend getting as much hugs as possible 🙂
So tell me, have you hugged today???
- Ministry of Hugs (mightyinspiration.wordpress.com)
- Free Hugs: New Orleans Man Is A Love Machine (wgno.com)
- One New Yorker’s Response to Saturday’s Anti-Gay Murder: A Free Hug Session! (gaymarriageusa.wordpress.com)
- Hugs For You (dkrambling.wordpress.com)