Joy of Physical Connection
Did you know that hugging can lessen feelings of isolation?
Hugs release oxytocin, a hormone, and neurotransmitter which regulates bonding and social interaction. It also increases feelings of empathy and compassion and generosity.
After a week of these confirmation hearings, we all could use more empathy and compassion.
On my way back from doing a Happiness Sprinkling (Holding signs with positive messaging to remind people of hope and good in public areas) downtown San Francisco with a group of friends, my friend, and #JoyMakers Vanessa Callaghan told me about a hugging event Tex Allen and Cat Foshee were organizing on Saturday.
I immediately looked them up and made time to participate! What an incredible movement to invite our community to connect and heal through the power of hugs. I met the kindest, giving #JoyMakers that day! Jennifer Lenches, Megan Allen, Joey Moss, Gary Wendt-Bogear, and many more.
I was nervous and self-conscious at first. Then I noticed that each hug given and receive was a gift of connection and sharing our humanity with each other regardless of race, age, social-economic, gender. To witness the power of a simple gesture of kindness, acceptance, openness, vulnerability, and compassion was so moving.
What an incredible experience of joy!
I invite you to hug 3 people today.
Be fully present and intentional as it is a gift for both you and them.