Healing Power of Proper Hugs

Hugs are magical.

A proper, comforting hug can make the world look like a better place again.

Often, the people who appear the strongest and most independent are the ones in desperate need of a hug. They’re the ones who told themselves that they have to be strong for someone else’s sake, or because they believe that wanting comfort is a sign of weakness.

Sometimes, though, it’s that little bit of human contact in a world governed by computers, that makes all the difference. That touch that says “I’m here” and “You’re not alone in this” and “I care.”

Hug between the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and BBC's Doctor Who. Photo: BBC
Hug between the 11th Doctor (Matt Smith) and Amy Pond (Karen Gillan) and BBC’s Doctor Who. Photo: BBC

A proper hug, not just a fleeting one, but a bear hug from which you don’t want to let go again, can heal the mind so much. Just knowing someone is there and taking care and taking charge for a minute, allowing you to lean into the support and share whatever load is on your shoulders, can help a person get through tricky situations.

We don’t hug enough. Maybe we’re even starved for touch in that way. The Free Hugs movement is such a success because suddenly hugs are ok. A stranger is willing to give you a hug if you want it as well. That’s more affection than some people get from family members.

Think about it. Have you seen someone who looks strong but with that sort of sadness in their eyes that means something is not right at all? Hug them. They will be forever grateful.



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