The Heart, The Brain, The Whole Body

Where I live if someone gives you a hug, it’s from the heart.

Steve Irwin

(And that’s coming from a man who hugged crocodiles)


From me a gift so true
A piece of my heart
Wrapped around you


The sign reads:
‘FREE HUGS!’

A public service initiative
Not to get behind
But to throw your arms around


Look at that swagger, he’s so cool, calm and confident. I wonder what his secret is. It’s gotta be drugs or booze, right?

Who, him? No, he’s a hugger.


Hug Facts: Hugging increases serotonin, a neurotransmitter known as the "feel-good" hormone that is produced and spread by neurons in the brain. Serotonin helps us feel happy, calm, and confident.

My brain told me to hug you
And I’m more than happy too


Piku: doctor’s orders

Prescription
Hugs
Taken daily


Hug Facts: Oxytocin is released when people or pets snuggle up or bond socially. This release can reduce inflammation, improve wound healing, lessen cravings for drugs, alcohol, and sweets, and lower heart rate and stress.

The quality of a creed
Is rooted in belief
Systemic values
That bring the mind relief


The Hugs for Health Foundation’s Hugger’s Creed:

“We believe HUGS nurture the human spirit, promote a more positive outlook and enhance the quality of one’s life”


Hug Holiday – June 29

National Hug Holiday Day was created by the “Hugs for Health Foundation” with the belief that hugs, friendship and volunteer support are vital components to an overall senior care plan.  Although its initial premise was towards the elderly, this holiday has turned into a day to give any needing or willing person a genuine hug.


23 thoughts on “The Heart, The Brain, The Whole Body

  1. Hugging pre-pandemic was much more commonplace for me – a hug, kiss on both cheeks was the normal way I greeted friends. Now, it’s not something I do anymore, and only if the other person initiates it. It’ll take a while to get back to the old days of hugging.

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  2. And nowhere did you mention Leo Buscaglia – the man who advocated a minimum of 3 hugs a day with a duration of at least 60 seconds – for all the benefits cited. My grandmother had her own wisdom concerning hugs: apple pie without some cheese is like a kiss without the squeeze!

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