I’m a big fan of hugging. In fact I heard somewhere that hugs are under rated and that we need them more than we think we do. That same source told me that an average of four hugs a day are necessary to keep us thinking positive thoughts and feeling good about ourselves.
In my case, I’m self employed, so who do I hug? Me? My husband is also self employed. Maybe we can hug each other throughout the day. Since we’re both artists and at times pretty close to starving, the hugs are not only necessary, but at times the only thing that sustains us. Of course there are other things – likes family, friends, church family, those we meet on the street, strangers, store clerks and many more we come into contact with on a daily basis.
Now, many folks don’t like hugging. Some are afraid to express their emotions. Some might fear being accused of sexual harassment if they hug. Hugs can turn into something much more than positive affirmation – especially if you’re in the public eye. The press loves stuff like that. Maybe all the media really needs is a hug.
I wonder what our world would be like if we just took a minute to hug someone. Maybe there wouldn’t be so much crime. I mean if you hug a mugger, wouldn’t he think twice about mugging you? If you hug the cashier at the grocery store for giving you a receipt that broke the bank, she’d feel much better about giving it to you. You’d also feel better about giving her your money … well, maybe not.
If politicians hugged instead of beating each other up on every issue that comes before them, I imagine they might get a lot more done. They might even get more done so they could avoid the hug.
As a teacher, I must be careful when I hug a child, because it may be taken the wrong way. With all the abuse in our churches and schools, we must first ask before we can hug. How sad is that? Corruption, lies, hearsay, scandal, bad press and darkness could rise to the surface when we care about someone enough to give them a hug.
I don’t know about you, but I will hug someone spontaneously. I will show another, with that simple act of encouragement, that they are important to me and others. We need to stop being so uptight about things. Some of my best memories include hugs. Go hug your boss today. See what happens. You might get a raise, or you might get fired, but you’ll never know if you don’t do it.
HAPPY HUG YOUR BOSS DAY!