Hugging is Good Medicine
I remember hearing a story a while back of a doctor that used to give hugs often to his patients and this provided a strong source of healing. Born in a remote coastal village in southern India, a woman named Amma now travels around the world giving spiritually uplifting hugs and has embraced over 32 million people at this point. What is it about hugging and do we need more of it?
There’s a picture I came across recently that speaks the health benefits of hugging.
A genuine hug is transference of energy. A good hug gives a feeling of safety, security and belonging. These are all things that we need at the core of our being, they breathe of acceptance.
In an intimate relationship, it’s always a good idea to give a hug rather than a kiss when first seeing one another. There are more points of contact in a hug, so more points of connection. If you hug until both bodies relax, then you are connecting at a biological level and are more likely to have a evening where you feel more attuned to one another.
Think about this, what would the world be like if more people gave and received genuine hugs? Would it be worse off or better off?
At the end of the day, this is up to each of us to test out.
Let’s experiment with it starting today.
As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom for us all to benefit from.
Hugs - Michelle Selby - May 28th 2013
Yes, Doc you are still getting the benefits of the hug. The energy is transferred both by hugee and hugger. You reep the benefits. Either physically or mentally, but who really cares.
hugs - dr. Ivon Septriyana - Jul 16th 2012
Definitely true! :) I love hugs because I know how powerful it is but people don't hug me back when I'm hugging them, they feel little bit weird of hugging first but I know they love being hugged too :) . I live in Indonesia and asians don't really hug much. When I'm hugging people, and they don't hug me back, (they don't hug me like the way I hug them), does it still mean I get a hug?