One of my students recently asked me, “Ms. Hall, why are your hugs so big?” My immediate response? “because they’re good for you!” They’re also good for ME.
- Hugging stimulates the vagus nerve
- which reduces stress,
- which heals the gut,
- which heals the body,
- which heals the head,
- which heals the soul,
- which heals the world.
Once, many moons ago, during a family reunion, 14-year-old Dane (big, strong, brilliant, stoic, Dane) noticed that his cousin, Brody, was sad.
Now, I love my son, but he’s not known for being overly in touch with his sensitive side. Especially at 14. I KNOW he HAS a sensitive side, but he hides it pretty well from the rest of the world.
However, Brody and Dane have a somewhat unique relationship. Brody has down’s syndrome. And while he and Dane are quite dissimilar physically and intellectually, I do believe their hearts operate in much the same manner.
Point? Dane noticed. And he asked Brody what was wrong. Did he need anything? Brody’s simple and honest response, “I need a hug.” And they hugged. And the world got a little better. For both.
Hug. Hug BIG. It’s good for you. And it’s nice.
Light and Love, (and I would say a virtual hug, but virtual hugs suck, and DO NOT COUNT)