“Hugging is healthy. It helps the immune system, cures depression, reduces stress, and induces sleep. It’s invigorating, rejuvenating and has no unpleasant side effects. It’s nothing less than a miracle drug. Hugging is all natural. It’s organic, naturally sweet, has no artificial ingredients, environmentally friendly, and is 100% wholesome. Hugging is the ideal gift. Great for any occasion, fun to give and receive, shows you care, comes with its own wrapping paper and, of course, is fully returnable.” ~awwpoo
Hugs are a Powerful Form of Nonverbal Communication
Family therapist Virginia Satir suggested, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance,” and,”We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” In the same token, R. Chandran encourages, “If your relationship with somebody is not working, try hugging him 20 times a day and there will be a significant difference.”
Hugs are good medicine and there is nothing like one to feel connected! I’ve written about the importance of touch in the past, and because it has become somewhat taboo in our western cultures, I thought an article about hugs just might be the antidote for the “touch-starved.”
You may have seen the bumper sticker, “Have you hugged your kid today?” which is a visible reminder of this important bonding practice. However, you may not have heard of retired Judge Lee Shapiro, whose bumper sticker reads, “Don’t bug me! Hug me!”
Most of us are aware of the wonderful connection of love we feel while hugging, so much so, that people will wait in long lines for lengths of time to receive a hug from Mata Amritanandamayi, also known as “Amma” the “hugging saint”. Amma who turns 60 this month has embraced more than 32 million people through the works of her organization. Now, I don’t expect you to compete with Amma’s record. However, I do prescribe the likes of Virginia Satir.
Maybe the Beatles were right all along…
All kidding aside, when it comes to kids, hugs are love. Actually when it comes to any of us, don’t you think? I’m not sure about you, but I wasn’t always the free giver of hugs that I am today. Hugging is something that becomes better with practice and if you need more if it, I suggest you review the “Free Hugs Campaign” video clip below. I guaranteed it will encourage more practice of hugging. And no need to feel self-conscious, most people really won’t mind if you don’t seem to get it right the first time. The best part of the practice of hugging is that the more you do it, the better it gets!
The More You Do It, The Better It Gets, and You Get at It!
So I ask you…have you hugged your kid, baby, partner, husband, wife, sister, brother, mother, father, grandma, grandpa, aunt, uncle, cousin, friend, lover, dog, cat, tree, or bear today?
If not, go out and practice!
Now That’s A Bear HUG!