When was the last time you received a hug, a handshake, or a gentle pat on your back? These are typical daily gestures, yet some are living days without them.
Children Are Our Examples of How to Love Freely
As a mom, grandma and teacher, I have watched children throughout the years interact with each other. It didn’t matter whether they were working on a project, enjoying recess, or playing a sport. Even in disagreements, I’ve listened as they worked it out and remained friends, or even became friends. I’ve seen older children helping younger ones, boys and girls working together, and kids helping adults.
Although some children are seeking love and approval from others, most have a free spirit which allows them to love and accept without questions. I love reading stories or watching videos about children helping children. They tend to look past someone’s disability and focus only on their ability. We need to follow the children’s example of how to love freely.
You Have the Ability to Express Love to Others, With a Hug
I believe we take “showing love” for granted. We expect it to be available whenever we want it. Then tragedy happens, there’s an accident or cancer or a heart attack, and our loved one is gone. We tend to spread ourselves thin, that is, only rely on a few people to hug us, or pat us on our back for encouragement. We need to widen our circle, to be open and free like the kids, and always be willing to give and receive.
I recently published an Amazon best selling book titled, “5 Simple Ways to Love Gay Christians.” One of the simple ways to love a friend is with a hug. Read here why hugs are important.
Research shows that human touch has wide-ranging physical and emotional benefits for people of all ages. Hugging has also been known to reduce stress, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. I also read that teenagers receive half as much touching as they did in their early years, and adults touch each other even less than that. I can see this happening with my grandkids. The younger ones lovingly give big, open-armed hugs, while the older ones barely lean in for a side hug.
That’s it – a simple hug can make a world of difference to your friend. Hugs will help you feel connected, appreciated, and loved.
Have you gone a day without a hug from a child, a sibling, a parent, or a spouse? Did you miss it? Would it make you crave a hug from a stranger?
The next time you’re at a park with your children or grandchildren, watch and learn from them. Love freely and without questions. Love with a simple hug or pat on the back and love their abilities.
The “5 Simple Ways to Love Gay Christians That You Need to Know” is available as a free download when you subscribe to my website here. After reading more about hugs, find out what the other four simple ways are and share your favorite in the comments below.
You decide which ways you’re going to focus on to strengthen your relationship with others.