Backstory – Charlie Brown
I had just returned from the Rotary Club meeting where I received a giant hug from a fellow Rotarian. The wonderful feeling of camaraderie it engendered made me want to write about it. Regardless of current cultural warnings, keep hugs as part of your life. They are precious and will fill you with well being.
Consider This Show – Charlie Brown
The Science of Hugs – #533
This show was inspired by that outstanding philosopher – Charlie Brown. In a moment of pure insight, Charlie Brown recited – “I love the kind of hug where you can feel the sadness leave your body.” Me too, Charlie, me too.
When someone gathers you up in their arms and holds you tight, it can just wash away every guilt, concern or worry you have been feeling. And when things are going well, a hug is a welcome gesture of friendship and affection.
I have a friend who I get to hug every week. We attend the same organization meeting and I can tell we both look forward to the moment when we will share that embrace.
I joyously watch my children hug their children and see the kids reciprocate; even the teen agers.
I did some research and found that hugging is extremely effective at healing sickness, disease, loneliness, depression, anxiety and stress. Well no wonder it feels so good!
A deep hug, where the hearts are pressing together, is nurturing and provides a sense of safety. Perhaps most important, hugs boost self esteem. They are an extension of the touch we received as infants, meant to show that we are loved and special, even before actual words could be exchanged.
Do the world a favor. Deliver hugs often and with gusto. I will too.