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Friday, March 15, 2013

#Slice of Life 2013 #15/31 The Power of a Good Hug

Not too long ago, I learned they sell "jackets" that help to make dogs feel secure!  My first reaction was , "Really?"   Yet, the more I think about this, the more I think it is a very good idea....less barking...less angst...and there might be more good ideas from this. 

I was thinking of secure feelings as I pulled the blankets right up to my neck the other night. I feet cozy and secure as I lapsed into sleep 

Then, today, someone I have not seen in quite some time, gave me a hug.  The nice warm hug of a friend who is glad to see you eyeball to eyeball.

I am pretty sure there is something connecting this....perhaps, it is the power in "security" jackets...a hug helps us all to feel secure!

SO, perhaps we need security jackets for colicky newborns - those of us who have been there remember the woeful cry alleviated only by holding the child close to your body.

Perhaps we need something like this for senior citizens who spend lonely days longing for the past, lost loves, lost parts of their lives.  Their sadness and angst is only alleviated by physical signs of caring. 

What about kids who are hesitant to try something new?  Could such a jacket end the first day of school tears? Could it help with homesickness at camp and college? 

I'm not just kidding about all this.....but I am thinking there is a booming business here! 

 

5 comments:

Catherine said...

I agree! Hugs are wonderful therapy. My mother-in-law always said babies needed to be swaddled snuggly because that mimicked the security they felt in the womb. Hugs to you today for sharing!

Melanie Meehan said...

Hmmm Anita, you may be on to something. We all know the power of a good hug. Your post makes me think of The Kissing Hand. Enjoy your day.

elle1955 said...

I was brought to the heavy blankets that are sometimes used for people with autism to calm them. There is definitely something to this. I am finding even virtual hugs are comforting.

megansmith25 said...

"Perhaps we need something like this for senior citizens who spend lonely days longing for the past, lost loves, lost parts of their lives. Their sadness and angst is only alleviated by physical signs of caring."

This line was beautiful and sad at the same time. My grandfather is in a nursing home, and when I visit I see so many elderly people who look as though they long to escape the present and live in the past. Perhaps a hug or even a friendly ear would help them want to be in the present.

http://thoughtsandjots25.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/friday/

MBF said...

Yes, the power of a hug is amazing!

My post from yesterday-
http://awriterlylife.wordpress.com/2013/03/15/daydreaming/