Well, here’s one thing I love about my life list: mixing easy-to-do stuff with stuff that may take a little longer. This one, hugging my boys, is easy. I mean, really, look how cute they are.

They’re a lot older now than the pictures above and are just as adorable. And they still let me hug them every day, although now it comes with rules (no kisses, not in front of their friends, not in public).

Sigh.

I do miss them itty-bitty when they wanted to be held all the time. But I’m glad they grew up to be good kids. I’m also glad that I’m really fast so they can’t outrun me when I go to get my daily hug ~ lol.

HERE’S SOME SCIENCE!

The skin is the largest sensory organ in the body. According to the Touch Research Institute, positive touch is essential to human development, not just as babies but ongoing throughout our lives. Positive touch can strengthen relationships, ease depression/anxiety, and decrease stress among a slew of other good things.

Most of us, according to the research, are touch starved. So hug your kids/friends/spouse whenever you get a chance. You’ll be helping them and doing something nice for yourself too.

So do you hug somebody every day? Please feel free to share your thoughts & experiences in the comment box below.

 

 

 

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4 Responses to One Wild Life ~ Hug My Boys Every Day

  1. Hi Shelli!
    *Waves and Hugs*! Thanks for sharing this touching and warm admonition about the importance of expressing our love to one another :)

    Another wonderful post!

    Rich

    • Hi Rich! *waves & hugs* right back!

      You are welcome. It’s so important to give people hugs, especially our kids. Thanks for the fab compliment. As always, made me smile. :)

      Have a great week, my friend.

  2. Sandy Coelho says:

    Hi Shelli !

    To answer your question- yes. Every. Single. Day. My husband, my children, my family and friends. Big hugger, always have been ;) Sending one to you.
    Have a terrific day.
    BTW…good looking boys :)

    • Hi lovely Sandy!!

      That’s so wonderful to hear. I love this: “Every. Single. Day.” Awesome. Thanks for the hug (sending one right back!) & the compliment about my boys. They are cuties. :) Have a great week. Cheers, darlin.