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Give Me A Little Hug, Will ‘Ya   Leave a comment

4x6-Leaf #3-HPIM1673-upload“There are some people who have the quality of richness and joy in them and they communicate it to everything they touch. It is first of all a physical quality; then it is a quality of the spirit.” – Tom Wolfe

“A hug, pat on the back, and even a friendly handshake are processed by the reward center in the central nervous system, which is why they can have a powerful impact on the human psyche, making us feel happiness and joy,” explains neurologist Shekar Raman, MD, based in Richmond, Virginia. “And it doesn’t matter if you’re the toucher or touchee. The more you connect with others — on even the smallest physical level — the happier you’ll be.” From the blog post by Diana Spechler, a novelist and freelance writer in New York City entitled “The Power Of Touch: How Physical Contact Can Improve Your Health”

For a number of years I have been singing the song “Sheltered In The Arms Of God” written by Dottie Rambo. The first line goes like this “I feel the touch of hands so warm and tender. They’re leading me in paths that I must trod. I’ll have no fear for Jesus walks beside me and I’m sheltered in the arms of God.” The wonderful, soothing power of touch soothes my mind, quiets my fears and brings me peace. And it seems to do the same for a lot of those that have experienced it.

I belong to a United Methodist church and one of the things we do every Sunday is to have a greeting time near the front of the service. It is a time to shake hands, hug and speak to those around you. The idea is that everyone should experience the touch of another human being. We feel that it is an important part of our service as it brings a sense of togetherness to those that might be feeling alone, unloved, or depressed. While it is not a cure-all, it does demonstrate that another person cares enough to physically reach out and touch you.

So, my friend, reach out and touch someone today. Someone in your circle of friends, maybe even a stranger. Let them know they exist. If leaves can do it, why not us?

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Posted October 9, 2014 by hwilliam in Photography