Holiday and Hugs
Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a super fun 4th of July, or if you’re not in the country, a great Monday! 🙂
Yesterday, I woke up feeling insanely sore my stair workout on Sunday. My calves have not felt that tight in a while! I also woke up feeling a cold coming on :(. My throat was kind of sore and my head felt kind of cloudy. So I decided to forgo the workout- I think that was a smart decision. And then, to make that no exercising decision even easier, I rammed my knee into my magazine rack in my bedroom. Seriously, sometimes I am such a klutz haha.
This pic is from this morning, so thankfully it looks a little better. Yesterday it was bleeding everywhere…ew.
Anyhoo, yesterday afternoon I went and saw Transformers 3 with my dad, his fiance, and my bro. I thought it was really entertaining- maybe a little long, but I’m still glad that I saw it! I’m not gonna lie, I really like Shia LeBouf- does anyone else remember his days on The Even Stevens?
Last night I went over to my aunt’s house for a holiday cookout. It was soooo nice to see some of my family on my mom’s side. I haven’t seen any of them since my winter break.
Awww, isn’t he adorable? This is my cousin’s baby- we call him Little Ben :). The last time I saw him he was still crawling- it’s crazy how fast things change! And I love his red hair!
This is my aunt Stephanie (one of my mom’s sisters), me and my mom! Don’t you love our matching outfits? White on top, dark on the bottom 🙂
Me, my nana, and granddaddy! 🙂 Gotta love the festive colors going on!
There was so much food, and it was amazing. I think I ate my body weight in chips and homemade guacamole. Seriously, I can’t control myself around that stuff.
Holy yum, all of the food was awesome! I tried to get small portions of lots of things :). And then the brownie and cookie were eye-roll back in the head tasty. Duh.
Hugs All Around
So, when my mom and I were driving back to Ohio last Thursday, we were talking about how good it feels to get a bear hug from someone. Of course, this got me to thinking- hmm, I wonder if hugs have an impact on a person’s health? Ever since I started blogging, I seem to get curious about whether or not things impact a person and their health. Does anyone else do this? Please tell me I’m not crazy :).
When I got home and could access the internet, I started looking things up and found this (note- these don’t come from research articles, but still..they are interesting)
“According to the Department of Health and Human Services, receiving or giving as few as four hugs per day can serve as an antidote for depression. Eight hugs a day may lead to achieving mental stability and twelve hugs per day could lead to real psychological growth.” (Article Source)
“Hugs have been shown to reduce heart rates, improve overall moods, lower blood pressure, increase nerve activity, and a host of other beneficial effects.” (Article Source)
- When a person is hugged, their comfort level is increased, and they enjoy being around a fellow human being…our heart rates become more relaxed and over a period of time, lower heart rates and increased time spent being happy can actually lower blood pressure and have very effective bonuses to heart health.
- Hugs are sometimes used as a form of physical therapy. Think about it: when you give or receive a hug, you are making full body contact with another person. Medical science has shown and proven that contact of this kind can stimulate nerve endings throughout the body and increase circulation.
- People who hug more frequently tend to be more open about their emotions and develop a greater sense of closeness and compassion to those around them.
I found this all really interesting! I mean of course, I always feel great when I get a hug. I feel loved, connected to the other person, and I can calm down. To read about that actual physiological things a hug can impact is really cool.
I think that in society today we don’t give each other enough hugs. It’s kind of sad. When I was a camp counselor I wasn’t allowed to hug any of the children (some of them were 4 years old!) due to liability reasons. I understand why there was this rule, but I still think that our culture is not placing enough importance on the power of hugging another human being. Obviously you don’t just want to go up to a rando and give them a hug- that would produce an awkward groping sesh for both parties. But, think about the simple impact you can have on an acquaintance if you give them a good hug. Think about how you’ve been cheered up before and felt loved when someone gave you a great hug. And, now you know that a hug can benefit health- that’s awesome!
I challenge you today to give someone that you love a really good, strong hug. In the words of Nike, just do it :).
On another note, my mom keeps reminding me that 23 years ago today she was already in labor with me. She was in labor for 23 hours- thus I was born the 6th. Eek, that sounds miserable. Sorry mom! Just think though, you got a great daughter after pushing me out 🙂
Do hugs ever make you feel better, loved, accepted, etc?
Do you like to give and receive hugs? Or do you feel like your personal space is being violated?