40 Days of Love - Day 5 - Hugs + Giveaway!
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40 Days of Love – Day 5 – Hugs + Giveaway
We have made it to Day Five of the things I love! This is very exciting for me, which brings me to something I love:hugs! I was in New York City recently and I walked into a shop. I was greeted by a bubbly woman with bright brown eyes, “Welcome! How may I help you?”she chirped. I told her I saw the display and I wanted to check things out because it looked heavenly in there. We got to talking about love and life. I had to get going, so I told her goodbye and hugged her. (Sometimes I get caught up in the moment and forget to ask if I can hug someone.) As I hugged her, she thanked me for hugging her. “Thank you for hugging me!” I replied. She told me she was new to the city and loved living there, but it was different from “home.” Hugs were a rarity. Hugs are a rarity no matter where we live. I am always amazed at what a hug is capable of. A hug can make a person feel loved, supported and cared for. A hug is a way to melt our walls, and a way to feel connected to others. What a gift it is to hug and to be hugged.
Did you know that hugs release oxytocin and serotonin which can boost the immune system, combat feelings of depression, anger and loneliness. It is extremely effective at elevating the levels of happiness. Hugs relax our muscles, increase the circulation of blood flow, and allows the central nervous system to take over from ‘fight or flight.’ All of this, and it doesn’t take that much time to give/receive a hug. It has been said, that we need four hugs a day to survive, eight for maintenance and twelve to thrive. I am sending a virtual hug to you!
I want to hear from you. Do you think hugs can heal? Are you willing to hug someone you don’t know?
Giveaway – Today’s giveaway is one I hope you’ll participate in, and a way for us all to be a winner. Hug those you interact with today. If it gets weird, just say you’re doing one of Dorothy Stover’s Challenges where you’re supposed to hug everyone you talk to for the day. The beautiful thing about a hug is you can’t give a hug without getting a hug. The benefits flow both ways!
If you see me on the street, I am more than ok with you running up and hugging me…I’ll hug you right back!
Peace, Love & Hugs,
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