Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Power of Hugs

Lao Tzu once said:
" Be still like a huge mountain and flow like a great river."     

             What is hug but a peaceful touch of love for mankind. What is hug but a good remedy of love when we are having problem.

             Have you hugged your child today? It was a popular slogan that was coined in 1969. I think it’s time to modify the phrase to: Have you hugged your loved one today?

             Most couples report the perfunctory kiss upon their greeting or departure as their most consistent form of affection outside of sex. It’s not enough. We should never mistake or substitute sex for affection. 

             Affection expressed through hugging is therapeutic and fulfills our basic, human need for touching or being touched. It also relaxes us and lowers our blood pressure. In essence, affectionate touching can improve and prolong our lives.

             Couples should indeed put forth greater effort to be affectionate with each other. Those who do tend to report greater harmony, a closer bond, and fewer conflicts in their relationships.

           Just as breathing is a basic physical need for these species, touch is a basic behavioral need and when this need remains unsatisfied, abnormal behavior is a likely outcome.

           Both the hugger and the person being hugged benefit because they have the immediate positive outcome of feeling good. Hugs are heartwarming and can have the effect of leaving one energized and rejuvenated. 

         A caregiver’s hug accurately expresses to a child feelings of love, acceptance, comfort and a desire for closeness.

        Hugging is health-enhancing because it reduces tension and stress, aids the immune system, helps with sleep, assists in building self-esteem and best of all has no negative side effects. When we open our hearts and arms to others, we inspire them to do likewise

        There are many types of hugs that are given in different situations. The hugs that you see given at airports tend to be longer in duration. Hugs that are given to people that you have not seen in a while tend to be more enthusiastic.

        Hugs that are romantically inspired tend to be more intense and sometimes are given back-to-front (one person from behind who wraps their arms around the other), which carries sexual connotations. Then there’s the sideways hug which is essentially a one-armed embrace that shows friendliness and acceptance.
        You now know that hugs are therapeutic pills that we can prescribe to each other. They supply our souls with the nutrients of affection that we all need for our mental health, and emotional well-being. Taking the time or making the effort to give more hugs is clearly a rewarding experience for both the person giving it, and the person receiving it.

         So did you hugged your loved one today? If not, there’s no better time than the present. Perhaps a groovy kind of love is just a hug away from you.


To you whom I haven't met yet, I hope one day we can see the evening sunset together and you will chase away the morning shadow in me with your heavenly eyes. 

In future, I hope I will find my strength in your hugs, and in return, I will be near in your heart even when I am out of your sight, counting seconds to the time we can be together forever. 

Come into my heart one day, as we can take the darkness and make it fun with a light called love and love embraced with hugs.

Until then, take care there wherever you are in this world and put in your heart the fact that I had fallen in love with you way before we knew each other. 

The warm hug from me is here for you.

For the other half of the sky,

The Half Moon Serenades.

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