It's November, and the weather's all grey and drizzly. Sean's gone back to work, leaving us all a little unbalanced here. The older boys were crabby last night, Max was sad and got into my bed... which I totally encouraged because BODY HEAT! We will be fine, we just need to feel sad for a moment, and then we can throw ourselves into our busy lives again.
"We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth"
—Virginia Satir, family therapist
They say ('They', the know-it-alls) that hugs are important. They make us feel good, help kids to focus. People who hug are healthier. Hugging releases oxytocin, the 'bonding hormone', and promotes heart health. Hugging reduces stress. Hugs are warming. They are FREE! And, they feel great. If you are married to a great hugger, consider yourself very lucky!
So hug someone today! Hug your kids before they go to school, and when they come back. Hug your spouse. Hug your friends. Who are you going to hug today?