To hug, or not to hug…

“I’ve learned that there is more power in a good strong hug than in a thousand meaningful words.”–Ann Hood


Today is National Hug Day. An entire website has been devoted to this celebration( and has voted the most huggable character this year as Baymax, from Big Hero 6.

  • Hugs make us happier.
  • Hugs make us smarter.
  • Hugs make us healthier.

At least that’s what the research says, and I do believe it. Excluding family, though, I’d be the first to admit that the act of hugging isn’t without awkward moments.

awkward hugsYou know I’m talking about. That instant when you see a friend you haven’t seen for a while. Do you go in for a hug? A peck on the cheek? A simple hello, where you chat, and save a little joint squeeze for parting? Or simply leave it as hug-less encounter?

I’ve had moments where I’ve had “hug-regret.” Where I opted for nothing, and later realized how happy I was to see that person again and wished I’d shown them a more personal greeting. Then again, my regret has fallen the opposite way, too. Where I’ve gone in for the embrace, only to realize the stiffness of their response suggested they weren’t as into me as I may have thought.

This week I witnessed a cringe-worthy hug…Secretary of State John Kerry’s greeting upon meeting up with French President Francois Hollande. The moment was aired over and over again on television. Poor John K., so overeager. So desperate. Each time this appeared on the news, I’d squirm in my seat and wish for him to get a do-over. One can only hope that President Hollande received some of the aforementioned health benefits, although he didn’t seem too happy. This analysis by John Stewart is hilarious.

How do you feel about hugs? Love ‘em, like ‘em, or feel they have a time and place?

Oh, and Happy National Hug Day! If I see you, I’m going to give you one…




8 responses to “To hug, or not to hug…

  1. Terri-Lynne DeFino

    That hug! Oh, poor John K. Poor President Hollande! Awkward doesn’t even cut it. But, funny as it was, it’s pretty amazing, too. They weathered it! And it showed the world that two very powerful men can still have those awkward moments and survive. Hey, take any positive you can out of a negative, right?
    I’m a strange and contradictory creature. I cannot endure a massage, a manicure, a pedicure–but I’m a full body hugger. Maybe not so full body with people I’m just meeting, but if someone goes in for the hug, they should probably be prepared to get one from me. I’m certain it’s a control issue. 🙂

    Happy Hug Day!

  2. I love all body contact (no snide comments, please). Massage, manicure, pedicure, shampoo, acupuncture. I’m into it all. And of course the best is a hug. Hold it a little longer for the full anti-stress benefits.

  3. Hugs doll. Ac ross the pond ones.

  4. I love hugs! I missed the John k. One you spoke of. I smell a trip to comedy central’s website to check out Jon Stewart’s analysis in my future. 😀

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