Many thanks for choosing to spend a little time with me today!
Wednesday’s blog is where we get together and take a look at how crafting helps us de-stress, calm our racing minds and generally relax into the here and now.
It is fast becoming my favourite day to blog actually,
because it feels like something much bigger than card making and crafting is evolving here…
This Wednesday, I want to talk about a group of kids we bumped into outside the Ferry Terminal in San Francisco when we were visiting our lad Mark in June
I found them refreshingly inspiring,
and decided to share them with you today.
I was hovering around underneath the clock tower,
waiting for my lovely boy to come loping along,
and I noticed this happy bunch of kids trying to give people roses.
This intrigued me, so I stepped up to see what the gig was.
“Would you like a free hug?” beamed this lovely girl.
“Absolutely!” I responded, without hesitation, and got/gave a big unreserved hug.
Then I asked the question,
“Tell me, why are you offering strangers free hugs?”
I think I knew the answer, but nonetheless it was brilliant.
“People who receive and give hugs daily,
are happier and healthier.”
Wow. So I went round the whole group and got loads of hugs!
They were psychology students on a field trip.
I spoke to their teacher, and asked her whether they had met with much resistance and mistrust.
She said it was shocking how many people mistrusted the kids; they figured there must be an angle, a hidden agenda.
So this got me thinking, and I decided to do a little reading around the power of hugs.
Apparently, when you hug someone, you are offering
a form of social support and receiving some in return.
The supportive gesture actually reduces stress
and releases the “ feel good ” hormones, dopamine
I have always been a bit of a hugger myself.
I just put it down to the fact that I come from a very affectionate family, so it is very easy for me to hug people I don’t know.
Had no idea it was good for the soul and even my health!
Whether it’s a bear hug or just a little cuddle,
this physical contact has been proven
to lower blood pressure,
send calming messages to the brain and
reduce the amount of the stress hormone cortisol
produced in our bodies.
Does hugging animals work? Yes.
After we met the students in San Francisco,
my brother Steve decided to join in and hug Dave
every 3 hours on the hour.
I suppose blokey blokes sometimes struggle
with hugging each other,
but after a week of every three hours I think they were really starting to feel the benefits!
A friend of ours, Sue Marsden, always insists on hugging the opposite way to how most of us hug –
so that hearts are touching.
It’s a little strange, and you tend to head butt each other
on the way in, but according to Sue,
the benefits far outweigh the occasional nose bleed!
Another thing which makes me feel good is laughter,
even if I have to chuckle at my own lame humour!
Go on, smile. That’s better!
Today I had an idea, too.
Since we are having a Word Chain Sale this week,
It occurred to me that we should have a Word Chain to celebrate HUGS and KISSES.
So here it is.
and although it’s brand new, I have added it to the sale.
So why not treat yourself?
If you fancy, make a Hugs and Kisses card,
and send it to the office.
Then when we see on facebook,
that somebody could do with a hug
I can send them one of our Mindful Wednesday cards.
And don’t Poo Poo it!!
You never know.
Maybe it will be YOU who needs a hug.
Got to go.