SPREAD LOVE WITH A HUG
A good hug can completely change your mood. Even a hug from strangers.
A hug I recently received from a church greeter really lifted my spirits. It got me thinking about when was the last time I gave someone else a hug to brighten their day.
I am a “hugger,” so of course I hug (and kiss) my loved ones all of the time. It’s important to remind those close to you that you love them and that you do not take them for granted. However, it is the kindness of strangers that is going to make true societal changes in our world. It always does. When we start caring about people who are not the closest to us, who don’t look like us or who we do not even know.
Physical touch is a language of love. It speaks of tenderness and reassurance in the most primal of ways. It provides comfort in distress, closure in arguments and relief after separation. There is scientific evidence that suggests hugs offer healing, boost self-esteem and build trust and safety, among other things. Whether you are out giving “church” hugs or saving more intimate hugs for that special someone, hugs are a good, good thing and we collectively need to give more of them. What a beautiful world this would be if we all were more intentional about spreading love.
That’s my message today: Spread Love. You can start with a hug. You have the power to not only uplift people you care about, but you also have no idea of the type of sunshine you can bring to the lives of people you don’t even know. I can sometimes sense sadness in strangers. Next time it happens, I’m going to be intentional about offering words of encouragement and a hug.
I urge you to do the same.
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