About a decade ago, my young teenage daughter and her friend went to a festival in Seattle with cardboard signs. They read, “Free Hugs”. It was a novel idea then, but has since grown greatly in popularity. Think it is just a silly childish action? On the contrary, it is highly beneficial.
Here is an eye-opening, and true, description of the not-so-simple hug, by Sharon Lindsey:
“Hugging is healthy: it helps the body’s immunity system, it keeps you healthier, it cures depression, it reduces stress, it induces sleep, it’s invigorating, it’s rejuvenating, it has no unpleasant side effects, and is nothing less than a miracle drug.
Hugging is all natural: it is organic, naturally sweet, it has no pesticides, no preservatives, no artificial ingredients, and is 100% wholesome.
Hugging is practically perfect: there are no movable parts, no batteries to replace, no periodic check-ups, has low energy consumption, high energy yield, is inflation-proof, non-fattening, has no monthly payments, no insurance requirements, is theft-proof, non-taxable, non-polluting, and is, of course, fully refundable.”
Next time you have the opportunity to offer or receive a hug, share it with gusto.