Hug Someone Today

I don’t usually give you a homework assignment. 

 

But this Sunday, I’m up for something a little different. (Here’s hoping you are too.)

 

Because I want you to do 1 little thing today.

 

It will take only seconds (longer if you like).

 

And I can guarantee you this: It will improve your health, your mood and probably the rest of your day.

 

Plus, as a bonus, it will do the same for someone else too.

 

And it’s something we’ve been sorely missing for the last year and more.

 

Your assignment: hug someone

 

You don’t need science to tell you that a hug feels good. You can feel it in your bones. 

 

But since I’ve got the science, I’ll share it with you. A study from Carnegie Mellon University looked at the social interactions of 400 people over 2 weeks.

 

What did they find? A direct link between their emotional states, feelings of conflict (and ease of resolution), and – you guessed it – hugs. 

 

While it’s said it’s better to give than to receive, when it comes to hugs, it’s good to give or receive. 

 

Hugs help people feel better after some kind of conflict or negative event. They lift you up. They warm you. And you can feel negative emotions melt away.

 

So whether it’s your spouse, your child, a grandkid, or just an old friend, walk right up to them and open up your arms good and wide.

 

Bring them in, give them an embrace, and know you’re doing something good.

 

For them, and you.

 

Guys, this means you too. Women in the study reported more hugs than men. But why should we guys miss out on all this free, helpful, healthy interaction? 

 

We shouldn’t. 

 

Now, I may not make up one of those “FREE HUGS” signs and stand on the corner. But I’m going to look for someone besides the Mrs. to wrap up in a big hug today. 

 

And maybe tomorrow too.

 

But be warned: it’s said dogs don’t really like hugs, though my dog might beg to differ. Better to give your dog a scratch behind the ears. 

 

I don’t recommend doing that to a stranger.

 

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Previous article Today Begins National Nutrition Month

Comments

carolyn - October 26, 2021

I heard you need 6 hugs a day JUST TO LIVE!!!!! And I do hug strangers.

Faith - October 25, 2021

I really like Jeff’s comments and assignments! I’m a person who loves to hug and get hugs back. Funny how hugs can change a person’s attitude in time. I’ll never stop hugging others because of the caring and love it gives out and gives back! Thanks for making my day Jeff!!!😁👍

Brenda J Langea - October 25, 2021

I hugs my 100 lb + dogs daily. Keeps this old lady happy and my pups are lap dogs. Raised 4 good kids, all grown up and successful now. Just me and my critters now. 20 year old cat won’t even let me pet her unless I’m sitting on the toilet! I gave up my curler brush and brush her at every event. The one brush she allows…

Pat - October 25, 2021

I just love reading your messages and Sunday thoughts. I gave and received several hugs today at church. Then I came home and read your Sunday thoughts message. It just made me smile. Your messages are always uplifting. Thank you for taking the time to care about others.

Sharon Evans - October 25, 2021

I got right up and hugged my husband. Then read to him what you wrote. After that, he said he needs to give more hugs. God bless you, too. Sharon

Danielle Grusich - October 25, 2021

I love hugs but because of the Covid virus people are staying apart. But you can hug members of your family that you live with. Another thought sad but true, if you stand on the corner with a sign “Hugs” you have no idea who you will encounter. I would rethink this suggestion. Take care and stay safe my friend. 🌷

Joe McKeegan - October 24, 2021

Jeff, I have to agree with you and the survey!! I know I always feel better after a good hug 🤗👍

Linda - October 24, 2021

Our Gokden retriever loved hugs and so did our RagDoll cat. Hugs are so important. But now in our public schools teachers are not allowed to hug the kids anymore. So sad. For many of them the teacher hugs were the only ones they received.

Leave a comment

Comments must be approved before appearing

* Required fields