Are You a Hugger?
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March 22, 2022
by ChristinaV | For Seniors
Are You a Hugger?
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I grew up in a French family with lots of siblings, cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. and we hugged each other…A LOT! Since it was the preferred form of greeting, both in my family and the French Catholic community I grew up in, I always found it very normal. However, when I moved away from Northern Maine, I realized this is not always the case with everyone.
Some people do not like to be hugged, especially if they are not close to the person who is initiating it. We were all raised differently and, if there was not a lot of physical contact in your upbringing, it might be confusing as to why the hugger is hugging them and the intent could be misconstrued.
A hug lets others know that you are there for them and communicates many different messages such as love, friendship, support, greeting, appreciation, social support, etc., and is generally a way to express your feelings for someone else. Many times, when you do not know what to say o another person, a hug is a great alternative. However, try to gauge the other person’s signals and, if they do not respond, back off from the hug and offer a handshake or perhaps a touch on the arm if you feel the need for touch.
There are many benefits to hugging:
The more daily hugs you give and receive, the more your body produces oxytocin, resulting in emotional and physical health benefits. So, give it a try! Hug someone today!!
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