It’s true, I’m a hugger.
This is not news to anyone who knows me for I love nothing more than to wrap my arms around the people I love & embrace them in a nice warm hug. I have even been known to meet people for the very first time & proclaim “I’m a hugger”. Stop the madness, you say!
I think I have been a hugger for most of my life; I am a demonstrative person. I like to touch people. Well now I am just making myself sound kind of creepy!
Seriously though, I believe that a hug is one of the best feelings in the planet. Don’t you think the world would be a much a better place if we took more opportunities to just hug it out?
Consider this. If you are blessed enough to be born into a loving family (I say this because I recognise that not all children are), one of the first things we feel when we enter this world is the warm embrace of our mothers arms. Alternatively, at the end of our journey here on earth, we can only hope that we are in the arms of a loved one when our last breath is taken. Hopefully, in your lifetime, whatever that amount of time is, you have experienced a gazillion of them!
Hugs are an essential part of how we connect as humans. In giving or receiving hugs, we express joy & sorrow, comfort & encouragement, friendship & love. They can be shared with just one person or a whole group. Simply put, they are the one of the most versatile expressions of emotion we possess.
So, it brings me no shame to admit…I’m a hugger.
In fact, I challenge you to become one as well! There’s nothing to be afraid of, it’s a simple gesture that only requires you to open your arms. Make it your mission to hug more. Hug your children, hug your spouse, hug your parents, hug your friends, hug your animals, hug yourself. Trust me, it feels good!
Still not convinced? I invite you to take 5 minutes & watch this video. There are a number of Free Hug campaign videos out there but this one happens to be one of my favourites. I love how, in addition to the hugs, this guy high 5’s everyone; as if the hug wasn’t enough! The group hug at 3:27 is also pretty awesome. Watch the smile that spreads over each person’s face as they give in to the urge to hug this young man.
I hope that it brings a smile to your face & a feeling of warmth in your heart, but most of all, the urge to go and hug someone. Open your arms & go for it!
As always, I welcome your feedback & comments. Are you hugger? Like the reply box below says, don’t be shy, get in on the conversation & share!
Sending you uber hugs,