2.09.2012

Hugs and Kisses XOXO

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Did you know there are actual physical effects your boy gets from a hug? Whether it is your mom who gives you a hug, your dad or your spouse, there is no doubt that a hug does improve your mood overall. God designed us to be social creatures to have relationships with others and hugging is part of those social relationships, when it is acceptable of course.
 
A few effects that hugging provides I found are:


Boosts your immune system
Builds self-esteem


Fosters self-acceptance
Alleviates tension  

I remember when I was single, had a long hard day at work and I would just go to my empty apartment. I remember longing for that hug, for that embrace that would just seem to melt all my frustrations of the day away, and because I didn't, I would carry it around on my shoulders and that was a heavy weight to carry. Even being married, however, I sometimes find it hard to ask for a hug sometimes, for an embrace from my husband. I will be working on that to be more open with embraces, to accept physical touch more easy.
For today, I found some beautiful images that hope to remind you to go hug your loved ones, hug your friends and let them know how much you appreciate them and I am also posting this because Valentine's Day is on the brain!
Source: google.com via Meg on Pinterest
Source: flickr.com via Meg on Pinterest


Source: google.com via Meg on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Meg on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Meg on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Meg on Pinterest

Source: google.com via Meg on Pinterest


Source: flickr.com via Meg on Pinterest

You know the saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away, 
I think the same true can be true for a hug.
With Valentine's Day next week, make sure you stay in a hug just a little bit longer, find an extra reason to give someone a hug, or just give a hug for no other reason than to express I love you. Your happiness and health will thank you!

39 comments:

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

We are a big hugging family and it's true.... it can turn a bad day around or make a good day great for your husband, kids or even a neighbor or that random person in the grocery store.... (just kidding on the last one) :)

courtney said...

what a sweet post. i completely agree :)

Susan said...

Agreed! A good hug can brighten my whole day and make me instantly feel better :)

Britt @ The Magnolia Pair said...

Serously a hug changes everything. I think that's the only way my husband and I officially make up when were arguing lol.
And I believe in the apple a day too :)

Simply LKJ said...

What a sweet post Megan. It really can change your day!

Jennifer @ Delightfully Noted said...

Sweet, sweet, sweet reminder! Even hugging my dogs brings me joy (although they are not always in the mood for it....haha)

Faith said...

it is amazing what a simple hug can do :)

Brooke Shemwell said...

Super cute pictures. My husband is soooo the hugger in our relationship...I must get better at this! I hug our dog all the time though. I tell him is has to be a circle of affection, bc the dog gives him more kisses. :)

Elle said...

Great post! I agree that a hug can make your day better!!! Even hugging a pet feels good! :)

Jennifer Delle Fave said...

I completely agree! Nothing beats a good hug and of course a real kiss!! Love love love. xo

Samantha said...

Hugs are the best, they really do make me feel so much better when i'm down!

CALLIE said...

Love a big ole bear hug! Can't beat it.

Brittany said...

I loved this post! I am a lover of hugs, and I know exactly what you mean when sometimes you just need an embrace after a long day!

Christina {Carolina Charm} said...

this post makes me smile. HUGS!

Valerie Griffin said...

cute post! :)

Carlie said...

I love hugs from my hubs and family! For some reason though, I am not a fan of hugs from strangers (you know how some people are super huggy, I am not).

Jessica said...

This post made my heart smile :)
Perfect read!

I'm a big hugger, that's for sure!
And I live on my own so I know the feeling of wanting a hug when I come home from a long day.
Good thing I have my kitty since bf lives 40 minutes away ;)

xo!

Alyx said...

Awww, I love this post!
Hugs are the best. :)

Alexa said...

Awww Meg...LOVE this post. Makes my day!!! :)

Audrey @ Putting Me Together said...

Yes! I seldom hugged before going to college, because Asian families generally aren't very touchy. But then my white friends in college broke me in and I'm all about hugs now! haha


Audrey
www.puttingmetogether.com

Lay said...

Aww, love this! And totally agree! My fiance just got home after being away for a week and a half for work and I always anticipate his hugs when he gets home :)

Amanda said...

It always makes me so happy to see photos of people in love. And studies have shown that hugs make you feel better when you hold them for 6 seconds or longer :) {virtual 6 second hug}

Jamie said...

This is so true, when my husband gives me a big hug it just seems to make all of the worries of the world go away. Even with friends, too! I feel all mushy inside now from your lovely post!

Sugar Mama Bakeshop said...

Yay hugs!! :) Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my cake truffle post! Hope you get a chance to try them. I would love to know what you think :)
<3 Ashley

Kerri said...

I'm such a hugger... only with people I know really well though. My sister and I were just talking about what "love languages" we need the most, and I always come up with physical touch and quality time. Great post girly!

Shannon said...

I love all the hugs and kisses!!

http://shannonhearts.blogspot.com

Natalie said...

I really always love a good hug!

Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} said...

Awwww, makes me want to smoosh my hubby and baby boy right this minute!

Daisy said...

What cute post. I agree on the hug :)

Kira said...

What a sweet post. I totally love having my little girl around who I can hug whenever I want. She is too small to get away :)

Carrie {Living It Up in U.P.} said...

I've heard that hugging - just another human's touch in general, is very important to a person's well being. When I was single I would try to get massages every couple months for this reason. Hugs are wayyyy better though!

Stesha said...

this is just perfect! I love it. I love hugging, it can just brighten your day! Your such a sweet girl. LOVEEE YOU!!!!

xo

Leslie said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I love hugs. It's funny how sometime so simple can bring so much joy. Thanks for sharing the pictures of such sweet embraces.

GiGi Reed said...

So sweet! I just love these pictures. Makes me want to run out and hug everyone! Great post. :)

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Lauren said...

such a great post..I honestly think that hugging probably means more to me than a kiss, at least in most situations! a big hug is perfect after a long day!

Johanna said...

Love these images...so darn sweet!

Amy Collins {Fresh and Fancy} said...

Sweet pictures meg! hope you have a great valentine's day!

Ashley {hudson's happenings} said...

Love these LOVE pics! :) SO sweet. I am a big believer in hugging. :D

Erin said...

Aw how sweet! I need a hug.