Hugs. I like hugs, and I'm in a job where I get hugs everyday. You see, I'm an elementary school counselor working primarily with students who have behavior issues. Today was our first student day of the second semester. I walked into school and had not even taken my coat off or put my things down when I got my first hug of the day. One of my behavior kiddos came rushing right up, threw his arms around my waist, and gave me a big hug.
Getting hugs were pretty foreign to me five years ago when I made the switch from a high school English teacher to an elementary counselor. Don't get me wrong, I'm in a very "huggy" family. We give hugs when we greet each other and we give hugs when we leave each other. When we are at a family gathering with my husband's family, it takes at least 10 minutes before we actually leave because there are usually around 15 of us around to hug and have last minute conversations with before we head home.
So, I'm used to hugs from that standpoint, but it was quite the change the first time an elementary student gave me a hug. It wasn't something that had been a part of my counseling courses. No one said to me, "Be prepared for hugs."
One day I told my husband that I was going to count how many hugs I received and delivered throughout the day. I stopped counting about mid-morning when I was already around 20.
Hugs are the universal sign to show you care. Hugs make a person's day. They cheer you up when you're sad. They make you feel welcome and people are glad that you're there. They are a way to say good-bye until we meet again. They let someone know that everything is going to be okay. They are reassuring. They are a sign of friendship.
Whatever you do, never underestimate the power of a hug.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.