31 Days Of Kindness: Hug Someone
|17 October, 2013||Posted by Mandi Jayne under 31 Days Of Kindness|
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Not too long ago, I was hugely pregnant and full of crazy hormones. I was having a terrible day and I ran into an acquaintance of mine, and as soon as she saw me she surprised me by swooping in to give me a hug.
That one hug made my day better. It reminded me that it really wasn’t that bad, that life was not awful. It reminded me that people cared about me. It reminded me that I was just having a bad day and it wouldn’t last forever.
That same woman talked to me on several other occasions, and she even brought over a meal after I had given birth. She texted me a couple times to ask how the baby was doing. Yet, when I think of her, the first thing that I think of is that day that she hugged me. That little bit of kindness in giving that hug meant so much to me.
Some of us are huggy types, and some just aren’t. And most people do not hug enough in their everyday lives.
Today, let’s change that. Look for opportunities, look for people who you can hug. Hug your kids, even if they are teenagers who try to escape. Hug your spouse. Hug your friends. Hug your parents.
You might have to push yourself to do this, because you may feel awkward hugging someone that you don’t know extremely well. It may be outside of your comfort zone, but that’s okay! If we always stuck to the safe zone, never took risks, our rewards would be much smaller.
Hugging someone is a great way to show kindness. It is an easy, free way to show that you care for someone, and you never know what is going on in that person’s day. A quick surprise hug from you could mean the difference between a bad day and a good one.