Monday, August 16, 2010

Hug Happy

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.” - Virginia Satir

Have you hugged your child today? Your spouse? A friend? Hugging is good self care, and it also benefits the person you hug!

Why hug?

Research shows that hugs (and human touch) enhance our feelings of security and well-being
Hugs reinforce our connections to each other.
Hugs tell people that you love them.

Some Dos and a Don’t of Giving and Receiving Hugs:

DO: Aim for 4, but know that the more hugs you get (and give) the better
DO: Hug first and let go last!
DO: Hug often – you can give one hug to four people or 4 hugs to one person (it all counts!)
DON’T: Be pushy- people have different comfort levels with being touched. Always ask if you don’t know someone well enough.

Take Good Care!

***Hug O' War is from Shel Silverstein.

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