It amazes me how many situations can be instantly diffused when one person (no matter the age) makes the leap to say, “I need a hug!” It can be so hard to get there when you’re in the story of whatever’s got you in a knot.
But not for some kids. Some kids make that leap easily – and I want to learn from them.
Imagine a world where asking for a hug was the first instinct…
- Car breaks down, AAA can’t find a tow truck for you. Your response? “I NEED A HUG!”
- Sick in bed with a cold. You’re cranky and start a fight with your honey and snap at the kids. Your next four words? “I NEED A HUG!”
- Trying on bathing suits in a dressing room with horror show mirrors and garish lighting. Attendant asks if you need anything. Your request? “I NEED A HUG!”
Ooooh. I like it…a lot!
Why are hugs so good? My guess is that you don’t need any empirical evidence to answer this question. It’s a human need to be close. But in case you do, check out 10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day in mindbodygreen.com. Here’s a short list from the article:
- Strengthen the immune system
- Create a sense of security
- Lower blood pressure
- Boost self esteem
- Balance nervous system
- Boost serotonin and oxytocin levels
- Support bonding
The longer I live the more I’m sure that our needs as adults are pretty much the same as newborn needs. Here’s a beautiful article on Mommypotamus.com about the benefits of skin to skin contact: 7 Health Reasons to Be Skin-to-Skin with Your Baby after Birth
Aren’t we all just strangers in a strange land here as humans on Earth anyway?