Hug Your Loved Ones When They Least Expect It!

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Sometimes it’s better to put love into hugs than to put it into words”

– Unknown Author!


  • I have been thinking of talking about the Free Hugs Campaign . So finally today it just occurred to my mind to share my views about it. This time when I was in India I came across A.R Rehman song Jiya to Jiya. In the video they have introduced the free hugs campaign ( Click Here To See The Video). The free hugs campaign was started way back in 2004 by someone called “Juan Mann”, he is an Australian guy who introduced his free hugs campaign by a band called “Sick Puppies ”.(Click Here To See The Video)

  • This guy shared his story on how he felt the need to introduce something that can comfort any person. He once went to a party, totally depressed and heartbroken due to some personal issues. And then a complete stranger in the party gave him a hug that made him feel extremely happy and relaxed. From then onwards he wanted to spread this act of kindness among strangers. I really appreciate his effort behind commencing something that can cheer up people.

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I know many people who even feel reluctant to hug their loved ones. All they do is a handshake!!! You don’t need a reason to hug your loved ones at least!

v A hug can drive away any sorrow.

v A hug has a power to lighten up someone.

v A hug can make your loved one feel wanted and loved.

v A hug can trigger warmth in anyone’s heart.

v A hug can relieve your tension and stress level.

v A hug can literally combat depression .

v A hug can wipe away the tears of a heartbroken person when words of sympathy don’t seem to be enough.

v A hug can ease anyone’s pain.

v In fact, it’s scientifically proved that hugs literally decrease blood pressure.

  • I believe that you can only value the importance of a hug when you get deprived of it!!! So from now on don’t hesitate to hug your loved ones whenever you meet them. Don’t miss an opportunity to cheer anyone up by showing their importance in your life. After all, a tender touch is one of the most needed expressions that all of us crave for all the time. If you are a shy person or wait for the other person to come to you and give you a hug then this time surprise your loved ones by hugging them when they least expect it. I am sure they would love it without any doubt you will rejuvenate yourself .

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  • Personally speaking, I do feel reluctant in hugging strangers. But I really liked the concept and the thought behind the Free Hugs Campaign. But there are a few incidents when I hugged strangers. I guess I have shared that with all of you in this post . Second incident that pops up to my mind is this old lady I meet very often; usually I see her standing at the corner of our place. Whenever I give her some money or things to eat I usually give her a hug and then she gives a million dollar smile to me. Only these two incidents I can recall where I have hugged a complete stranger.

How about you? Share your story when you hugged a complete stranger.

Lend A Helping Hand To Your Depressed Friend

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painfull depression

In our lives we all value true friends and you always want to be with in all the good and bad times. When you notice your friend showing symptoms of depression, then without any doubt you feel like helping your depressed friend. Tell your friend that how his/her happiness means to you.

Make your friend feel loved and wanted. Once your friend realizes that you care for him/her it will give your friend a big boost in building a trust level towards you. Sometimes there are some personal matters which people want to keep it to themselves. So in order to gain the other person’s faith we need to gain their confidence that you won’t let them down in any ways.

1. You need to be patient while your friend shares her/his fears and sorrows. Don’t form your opinion too quickly about the whole situation. First let your friend open up and don’t interrupt or blame your friend if you think that he/she did something wrong. You need to be patient while listening to your friend otherwise you will make her/his situation more miserable.

2. Once your friend has shared his/her side of the story, show that how much you love them. When you are depressed it’s obvious to feel dejected from the outer world and the feel of rejection makes you suicidal and depressed. Under these circumstances all you need is love and someone who accepts you the way you are.
cure of depression
3. Don’t force your friend to come out of his/her depressed state of mind. You should give your friend enough time to accept the present situation and move on with life. When you are depressed you often lose control on yourself.

4. Boost confidence in your friend by telling that how he/she has helped you in the past and how it helped you in overcoming tough times. Appreciate all those times when your friend stood by you. Encourage your dear friend that he/she can also combat depression.

5. Advice your friend to meditate or pray every morning in order to seek peace of mind with a positive outlook towards life. Sometimes when we go through tough times and tend to question our self that why god abandoned me? It’s a natural sign to loose faith on god, so at that particular moment don’t oppose your friend. It can lead to an argument which will add to the resentment.

6. Offer some writing suggestions to your friend. These days we have thousands of sites where you can open up and share your opinion. It really helps you in lightning up all your subdued emotions.

7. If your friend doesn’t accept any suggestions which you offered him/her then don’t make an issue. If you are not able to convince your fiend to choose the right way then as a friend it’s natural to feel exasperated. It’s obvious that you desperately want your friend to come out of his/her depressive state of mind. But always remember it won’t be that easy to heal your friend’s emotions.

The best you can do for your depressed friend is to offer few suggestions and let your friend decide which one is the best for him/her. Leave the final decision to your friend. Assure your friend that you are always there for him/her in any kind of situation.