Hugging achieves many things that you might never have imagined. For example:
- It feels good
- It dissolves solitude
- It defeats fear
- It opens the door to sensations
- It improves self-esteem (wow, he or she wants to hug me!)
- It encourages altruism (I can't believe it, but I want to hug that person)
- It delays aging (those who hug age more slowly)
- It helps reduce appetite (we eat less when we are nourished with hugs and when our arms are wrapped around others)
- It is environmentally friendly (it does not damage the environment)
- It preserves energy
- It is portable and requires no additional machinery
- It does not require a special place to do it (an adequate place to hug)
- In any place such as a conference room, a church or a football field
- It makes happy days even happier
- It gives us a sense of belonging
- It fills the void in our lives
- It is still effective even after the hugging has finished
- It strengthens and increases our ability to share
- It harmonizes the hearts of friends
Just as laughter, it is highly contagious! Whatever your hug may be, let it always come from the heart, not from the mind.
Come up with new ways of hugging.
Give your hugs interesting or funny names.
Become a full-time "hug therapist."
Be always ready to offer a hug to someone.
Observe the other person and always be careful of his or her personal space.
Do not try to impose your vision or philosophy on others.
A hug does and says very much.