Huge Digital Hug! #HDH!
I miss hugs. You probably do too. Hugs get you high. In fact, I’m now ending all my emails with a “Huge Digital Hug.” Of course, it’s not the same. Still, studies show that hugs are good for our physical and mental health.
They raise oxytocin levels, which is why people who receive a lot of hugs tend to have higher levels of that hormone in their bloodstream. And as most of us know, oxytocin makes us feel good, lowers our stress level, increases tolerance to pain, and speeds healing. Hugs make the world a better place.
Yes, I know it’s hard to hug a human these days, but we can still hug our dog, the photo of our parents, a loved one in the same house, or maybe even the tree in the front yard (better yet, make it the backyard so we don’t confuse our neighbors).
Right now, I’ve got a nostalgic craving for the Hug Deli on the Burning Man playa. Oh, how I could use a Warm + Fuzzy Hug or even a Gangsta Hug! In the meantime, I’ll hug what I can, with the unwavering conviction that after this “hug fast” will come one big and beautiful “hug fest.” And when it does, I’ll be the first in line!