Day 342 of #LiveWell2017
I hesitated to post this idea, given the torrent of negative news about inappropriate touching, sexual harassment, and sexual assault lately. So, I offer this gift idea as an option for people who are comfortable giving and getting hugs. Appropriate, consensual, caring hugs can be very healing and comforting. I know. I love a good hug and getting one from someone who cares about me when I’m feeling sad or upset always makes me feel better. When that “Free Hugs” video came out a decade ago, I thought it was the greatest thing on the planet. Just watching it made me feel hugged and happy.
If you are not a hugger, or don’t like physical contact, no worries. Skip the hugging and find another way to show someone you care. If you want to be a hugger, but need some guidance about how to know when it’s okay to hug someone, check out these rules for hugging posted by Psychology Today. Remember, the purpose of a hug is to show someone you care, to offer comfort, or to help someone heal. It is always a good idea to ask for consent if you are not sure.
That said, think about the people you will encounter today or sometime this week. Would any of them benefit from a hug? Who would appreciate being wrapped in your arms for a moment of comfort and loving kindness? I love getting hugs from my husband and my son, and giving hugs to my parents always seems to make them happy.
If there are no people on your list, what about a pet? Do you have a dog or a cat, a horse or a lamb that might enjoy a gentle hug from you?
Make your list, check it twice, and give a little comfort and joy with your hugging human touch.