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Dictionary.com’s definition of a hug is: To clasp tightly in the arms, especially with affection, embrace.
We give hugs when we’re sad, when celebrating, when saying hi, when saying goodbye. It’s a very universal gesture, but are you lacking a hug in your life?
It seems like sometimes there’s very little of this going around. Except for maybe new couples and parents with little ones…..little, little ones. Or maybe it’s just in my life and circle. I, myself, would consider myself a touchy-feely type of person. That’s not to say I’m just going around touching people, or in this case hugging everyone I see but if you’re in my circle you have more than likely gotten several hugs from me in our lifetime of knowing each other. But in my daily life, before my little one came along and now, not counting my little one, there seems to be little hugging going on.
Now, I know, a lot of people aren’t fond of public displays of affection, even a hug but I’m not even talking about in public. Even in our own homes how much affection are we talking about? We’re so busy these days going places, doing things, fixing a meal, getting ready to go out, to go to bed and/or worse of all playing a game on our cell phones, computers, TVs or game consoles to interact with each other let alone give someone a hug.
You know what though, think back to a hug you got. Didn’t you feel better afterwards and/or know that whoever you gave the hug to felt a bit better? Even if it’s not because someone needs to feel better. It’s amazing what a little human contact will do for a person. No, it’s not life changing and it’s not going to fix a problem but it certainly isn’t going to hurt anything either!
Give yourself a hug. I know, not really easy to do and maybe not as effective but there’s nothing wrong with giving yourself some encouragement and strength.
On the flip side, be willing to receive hugs this week, even if you’re not a hugging type of person. Again, it’s not going to hurt you and even if you don’t/won’t admit it, it will probably make you feel better.
So, take time this week to give hugs. Don’t go crazy, unless you want to….and your circle is like that. Even if it’s just one of those side shoulder hugs. It could be just the encouragement or human contact the person needs to get through something that day.
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