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Everybody loves a good hug.

Even the ones who claim they don’t like being hugged, actually have a small corner of themselves melt when a child hugs them with joy and abandon.

A hug does so many things both to the hugger and the ‘huggee’ (that sounds like a diaper, so I am going to say ‘recipient’ from hereon!).

Why do I love hugs? Let me count the ways:

  • They are the first thing you do when you see a loved one after a long time.
  • They make everything all right, even if it is just for the space of a few seconds.ย 
  • They work the best in a situation where you have nothing to say.
  • They soothe those hurtful memories.
  • They warm you up, both from within and otherwise.
  • They are the closest you’ll ever feel to absolute love- pure, unadulterated and spontaneous.
Hugs are free, easy to share and make life lovable.ย 
Children give the best hugs: tight, sincere, filled with the expectation that they will be hugged back. And you really can’t just stand there like a statue while an animated toddler encircles your neck with his arms, can you? I dare you to do that. Your arms have a mind of their own in that situation!
A hug also conveys something else. It is an expression of trust. You feel safe, secure and protected in the arms of the one you trust, whether that person is a parent, a lover, a spouse or a very dear friend. That trust that you repose in another being also speaks volumes about you; that you are willing to open up and be loved. Without that trust, the chain of relationships would be very tiny indeed.
Hug someone right now. Feel the difference that it makes, for you and for the other. Feeling better yet?


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Shailaja V

Hi there! I'm Shailaja Vishwanath, a blogger with 12 years of blogging experience and a parent to a teen. I work as a digital marketing and social media consultant. From positive parenting tips to useful productivity hacks, social media advice to blogging advice, you'll find them all right here. Welcome to my blog.

Kajal Kapur · March 3, 2014 at 6:20 pm

Wow…such a warm post ๐Ÿ™‚ Definitely hugs are the best gesture for displaying love. Hugging is therapeutic.

Aditi · March 3, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Wow..such a feel good post! Love the picture…cutie ๐Ÿ™‚

Carol Graham · March 4, 2014 at 3:08 am

Loved it and loved the warm feeling. A few days ago, I saw my son for the first time in 1 1/2 years. I stood up to hug him and he said he didn't want any hugs. My heart broke — I would give a lot just to wrap my arms around him one more time. Hugs heal. Thank you for sharing.

Vidya Sury · March 4, 2014 at 3:48 am

Yep, I am known to overdose on hugs. Truly, the best thing in the world. I love that all my favorite people are solid huggers!

Love your photo!

Ananya Kiran · March 4, 2014 at 5:13 am

Post : really warm n sweet
PIC: love it ! muaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhh

Shilpa Garg · March 4, 2014 at 8:54 am

A hug is the bestest gift that makes everything alright!! Love hugs!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Lovely pic of you and the baby Gy ๐Ÿ™‚

Vidya Lohith · March 4, 2014 at 12:01 pm

I swear by hugs. They are the best comfort acts.

photowannabe · March 4, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hugs are definitely good for the soul as well as the entire body.
Great post, thank you.

Leslie: · March 4, 2014 at 9:14 pm

I used to be intimated by people hugging me, but I soon got over it once I realized how wonderful it felt. I think it was because my family was always very conservative and reserved.

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Photo Cache · March 5, 2014 at 12:33 am

they have strong medicinal powers without side effects.

frankly my dear

Roger Owen Green · March 5, 2014 at 3:32 am

I never get too many hugs!

Beloo Mehra · March 5, 2014 at 6:05 am

Very sweet picture there of the sweetest hug ๐Ÿ™‚ A sweet post!

AmitAag · March 5, 2014 at 6:17 am

Heartfelt indeed!

Kalpana Solsi · March 5, 2014 at 10:41 am

A warm hug to you and a small kiss to your baby.

retriever · March 5, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Sweet post, hugs is good for everybody, children, old person, is a nice thing of manifestation human love.
Have a nice day, from belgium

Psych Babbler · March 6, 2014 at 11:12 am

Hugs are amazing and there is a scientific reason as well why we enjoy them — releases oxytocin. ๐Ÿ™‚ I never used to be a hugger until about 18 years…now I love my hugs! ๐Ÿ˜€

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