We all need affection. We thrive on touch. We are social animals. The act of hugging another person can uplift you. When you are enfolded in someone's arms and held close, for a few brief moments, nothing else matters. Hugs relax you and allow a natural healing process to occur. Being hugged or hugging someone makes your day happier. Hugs open your heart to receive love.
I watched a TV programme recently that talked about an amazing woman in India called Amma, known to many as the hugging saint:
Amma knows the power of a hug and generously spends her days bringing joy to others just by simply embracing them. The quotes below express the affect a hug can have on you.
"You can't wrap love in a box, but you can wrap a person in a hug." Unknown Author
"A silent hug means a thousand words to an unhappy heart." Unknown Author
"Hugs don't need new equipment, special batteries or parts - just open up your arms and open up your hearts." Jill Wolf