Since I have run across the subject of hugging in a number of articles and blogs that I have read lately, I thought this would be as good a time as ever to share ‘a piece of my mind’ on hugs.
I grew up at a time when people hugged fairly frequently. I am not a touchy feely type of person, but I have always envied and admired the huggers. To me, they display and embody the confidence and security that I have typically lacked.
Hugging was known to be therapeutic for the young and old alike back in those days. Infants and the elderly failed to thrive when deprived of human touch. Hugging was healthy. Now, that does not necessarily seem to be the case.
Two things seem to be the driving force in the current decline of hugging. The first is obviously the global pandemic that we have been experiencing. Any and all touching has been discouraged to control the spread of Covid – which makes total sense. The second is the obsession that we seem to have with sex these days, which makes little to no sense because most hugs are totally platonic in nature.
One thing that I find rather bizarre is that with the decline of hugging, there seems to be an increased dependence on ‘support animals’. Why is that? We can’t handle human to human contact, so we are turning to our animals? Most hugging goes on between close family and friends, so why would we prefer to hug our pets? Because they do not challenge us the way other humans do? My family and friends have certainly challenged me over the years. 🙄 My dog, not so much. 😁
While so many seem to flounder on the subject of hugging these days, why is it that so many big men are still big into hugging? Gold miners hug. On tv, they spend as much time hugging each other as they do digging for gold. Alligator hunters hug. They shoot alligators and they hug. Sports people indulge in a lot of contact, on and off the sports field, but they seem to be more into handshakes and back pats than hugs. It often looks like they are going in for a hug but can’t quite do it. Except for wrestlers. Wrestlers are hardcore huggers.
Teachers do not hug. There is zero physical contact between teachers or with even the youngest students. Office workers do not tend to be huggers. Maybe at Christmas. My bosses all hugged me at Christmas. Visiting supplier reps would hug coming and going. They would hug me. With my boss it was more of the sporty handshake/back pat thing.
I don’t have a solid opinion on hugging figured out as yet. Outside of Covid, I think hugs are natural and healthy but I still have my limits, despite getting older and supposedly needing more human touch. 👵
Anyway, that is it for today. Feel free to share your thoughts on hugging in the comment section below.
Take care and have a great day! See you tomorrow. 💞🤗