In Others’ Word: More Meaningful Than Words

A good strong hug. Hood. 2014

I am a hugger.

Not a non-discriminating hugger — the kind of person that ignores another person’s “DO NOT HUG ME” barrier. No. I try to be more sensitive than that. I also give people I meet fair warning, telling them straight up, “I’m a hugger.”

I believe today’s quote: Hugs are powerful. Being embraced by another person — by someone you trust — provides comfort. Understanding. Healing. And oftentimes, no words need to be spoken.

In Your Words: What about you? Are you a hugger or no? When has ” … a good strong hug” been more powerful “… than a thousand meaningful words”?

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  1. susan
    February 20, 2015, 6:07 am   /  Reply

    LOL. I love that you warn people first:) I used to avoid hugs like the plague, but not anymore. I’ve discovered that quote above is true.

    Have fun in Destin! One of my most favorite places on earth!

    • February 20, 2015, 6:09 am   /  Reply

      Susan: Lots of hugs being shared here in Destin, that’s for sure! 🙂

  2. Gail Hollingsworth
    February 20, 2015, 7:46 am   /  Reply

    I’ve noticed especially at funerals words are not necessary. Just being there and offering a hug is all that is required. We had a former pastor that was a hugger. He said you never know if it may be the only hug they get in a day or even a week.
    I married a non-affectionate man so over the almost 34 years of marriage I’ve turned out more like him even though I grew up with huggy parents.

    • February 20, 2015, 8:52 am   /  Reply

      What a great perspective: that our hug may be the only hug another person gets that day or that week!

  3. February 20, 2015, 8:07 am   /  Reply

    Oh yes! I’m a hugger. Sometimes you just need to give or get one. My husband and oldest son are great at knowing when I need one. Often they just walk right up to me and say, “You look like you need a hug.” Yep. I take it every time.
    Only one of my children is a fellow hugger so when he leaves on Monday for the USAF I am gonna MISS his daily hugs!

    • February 20, 2015, 9:04 am   /  Reply

      Congratulations to your son heading into the USAF — and thank you for his service to our country. But yes, I can imagine how you will miss his hugs.

  4. February 20, 2015, 8:46 am   /  Reply

    In my life experience, touch and hugs are a communication that conveys truth and does not lie. I very much appreciate what close friends communicate through hugs and send some here.

    • February 20, 2015, 9:05 am   /  Reply

      Such a wonderful insight, Dee!!! Truly …

  5. February 20, 2015, 9:18 am   /  Reply

    It’s something I’m learning – I’m Asian, and typically we don’t do much hugging.

    But I do see the importance.

    Also, I tend to be in too much pain most of the time to make hugs really comfortable – my very skin hurts…it’s kind of like having the flu that never ends. But I would not refuse a hug on that account.

  6. Teresa
    February 21, 2015, 2:37 am   /  Reply

    I am a hugger. I usually ask if I can give a hug.
    When I lost my daughter Oct 2011, the hug from a neighbor gave me more peace and strength than any words could have given

    • February 23, 2015, 9:04 am   /  Reply

      What a poignant example of the power of a hug, Teresa.

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