I’m a firm believer in you have to give to receive - and hugs fall into this category.
I went through Pathways training earlier this year, and this was one of the most profound things I learned. When I asked our facilitator if she was accustomed to teaching this practice, she said no, that she’d only learned it herself.
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, family therapist
Hugging has totally changed how ThatManILove and I relate to each other. The mere act of hugging has increased our verbal communication. Our intimacy. Our friendship.
I’m reminded today I need to step it up a notch - or eleven.
So, go. Be brave. Give someone a hug today. Or ask for a hug from someone!
They’ll feel better...and so will you. Start a hugging commitment - let me know how it works for you!