This project idea came to me when a friend asked me to describe the best hug I’ve ever received. In turn, I asked a handful of people, “What does a hug mean to you?” In this post, all I’m going to do compile the responses, and I guess, spread a little love.
“It’s worth a thousand words, packed between two bodies. I think it’s beautiful, the amount of power hugs hold.”
“It’s the warmest and safest feeling you could ever get and those few seconds feel blissful.”
“SUPER HUG = CUDDLE!!”
Hugging has been proven to have health benefits. One study has shown that hugs increase levels of oxytocin and reduce blood pressure.
“For me, a hug is a sign of re-assurance. A sign of friendship and love. And a beautiful way of showing someone that you care for them and that you are there for them.”
“A hug can say all the words that never made to my lips. It’s literally just two bodies in contact, but that can heal your deepest wounds. It’s beautiful.”
“Um…It means a warm sweater knitted with threads of affection.”
Hugging alleviates stress by reducing the levels of circulating cortisol (the stress hormones) in the blood. This causes the mind to calm down.
“Receiving a hug or giving one is like trying to physically express to someone how close they are to your heart.”
“A hug at an opportune moment is like a cloudburst of emotions.”
“It imposes a different kind of feeling altogether. I think it’s one feeling a person can’t fake. For me they’re a re-assurance. A hug goes to the heart.”
“It means forgiving and protecting the people I care about.”
“A hug is a show of courage, honesty and more often than not, vulnerability. But in the best way possible. It’s opening yourself up and letting someone you care about know that you have your weaknesses but knowing that they will shield your scars with their body and soul.”
“It’s a feeling of comfort you long for. You can say so much in a hug. And all I know, is that I need one more!!”
“Giving someone all the warmth and love, especially at random moments during the day, showing them you care, no matter what.”
Hugs have shown to reduce depression and anxiety, and it may have an effect on attention disorders.
“I can relate it with human cosmic energy”
“Well, it depends on who I receive it from. My dad’s hug motivates me, my mom’s comforts me. The hug from the one I love, the special one, is just…amazing.”
“The most unadulterated act of intimacy and closeness that two people can share. It leaves behind a sense of fulfillment and hope in your being.”
I think hugs are a very verbose yet silent way of expressing your deepest feelings. In the moments of a hug, it feels like your heart connects, and the happiness a correctly timed hug can impart is beyond compare. It’s like stuffing all the love in the world into someone’s heart. Saying, “I love you too.”
So let’s hug more. Make people happy. Forgive. Wipe away tears. Show them we care. Because who doesn’t like a warm, big bear hug?
Heartiest thank you to everyone who helped with this project: Shruti Uniyal, Anusha Das, Ananya Shivkumar, Anuja Mukherjee, Megha Kumar, Dhananjay Venkatesh, Atri Chaudhuri, Arundhati Prasad, Vidhaan Mishra, Mandira Paul, Swarup Ghosh, Usharvi Basu, Susmita Basu, Vedant Seigell, Harshita Calla, Sushmit Mandal, Naman Bala and Anant Jaiswal.
You all did the work. I just put them together. Here’s a hug from me to you. ♥