This morning I was standing in my front yard feeling a bit vulnerable and lost due to the events that occurred during my week. And then all of a sudden, from the next door, a beautiful girl with wild red hair rushed across the lawn, her little bare feet flying, ran up to me and hugged me and gave me this big almighty bear hug. I instantly felt so good

Isn’t it amazing how hugs make us feel?

They just generate such a positive feeling!

Hugs also make us feel like transmitting the good feeling, paying it forward, approaching another like waves in a lake.

Like a domino effect, a hug to a person can inspire a chain reaction of positive energy, compassion and empathy.

Did you know that research shows that hugs are good for the immune system?

Has hugs been shown to help with well-being, promote happiness, prolong life, and advance humanitarian causes?

According to Dr. Chris Grams, owner of the Family Chiropractic Center on Bainbridge Island, a hug will make anyone smile. Hugs can release endorphins and serotonin into the bloodstream, which causes pleasure and denies pain and sadness, lowers blood pressure, lowers the chances of heart problems, helps fight excess weight, and prolongs life. Hugging will also release oxytocin. A hug will also slow down the aging process. ‘

Have you heard of the amazing hugging saint Amma? Amma travels the world embracing people in order to inspire food, health and humanitarian efforts, including “embracing the world”; an organization dedicated to the empowerment of women. Apparently Amma has hugged 50,000 in a single day.

There is also a beautiful heartwarming story called “rescue hug.” There were twins barely a week old in the hospital. Each of the twins was in a separate incubator, one of the twins was barely alive. After trying all the conventional methods, the nurse wondered what to do to save the sick twin. In the end, desperate and against all protocol, she asked the parents if she could put the twins together in the same incubator. the healthy twin put her arm around her dying sister. There is an amazing photo that you can search the internet under the search words ‘rescue hug twins’ of this little girl with her little arm around her sick sister. Miraculously, the sick girl’s heart rate stabilized and she recovered thanks to her sister’s life-giving hug.

My twins go to bed each night cuddling. And they tell each other every night after hugging each other how much they love each other.

Hugs are so special. Hugs are inherently selfless gifts of sentiment. Hugs don’t necessarily ask for something in return. They are just a ‘give’ of positive feeling and energy.

I would like to challenge everyone, including myself, to initiate the ‘Law of Hugs’; the universal embrace through which we share good feelings and transmit the feeling to others. As the saint who embraces, Amma lets you change the world one hug at a time. Promote the law of attraction today through a hug.

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