Give someone a hug today.

@Pose123 (21667)
Canada
May 22, 2009 12:39pm CST
This world is full of lonely people and often those around them don't even know it. Often they have relatives, but they rarely if ever, call or drop by for a visit. Sometimes even children receive very little love because the mother did not feel loved or wanted as a child and it's difficult to give what we have never known. A little while ago I heard of a woman found dead in her apartment, she had been dead for three days before it was discovered. The lady had at least one daughter and other family members, yet no one had checked to see how she was doing. We often take for granted that Aunt Edith is doing fine, after all we saw her at the supermarket last week. We know that Uncle Joe lives alone, but he has always had such a positive way about him, no one has to worry about him. Everyone needs to know that someone cares, yet we all know some who would never admit it. I believe we need to become a more caring society, lets resolve today that we are going make a difference in someones life. Let's hear your thoughts and suggestions.
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@lingli_78 (12845)
• Australia
23 May 09
glad to hear that there is still people who still care about other people in this selfish society when people care only about themselves... i can't agree more than you... we have to learn to care more about other people around us especially to the people that we love... take care and have a nice day...
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi lingli, Thank you for commenting and you're right we do need to become a more caring people. Blessings.
@hotsummer (10436)
• Philippines
23 May 09
hopefully i could make a difference in other people's lives. though i myself lonely many times. but i still know i have the strength to help others if i would like to.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi hotsummer, Thank you for commenting and this may be an opportunity for you to help yourself and another. Find someone else who is lonely and that you can help, usually they will be grateful and you too will feel better having made a new friend. Blessings.
@mimuche (163)
• Canada
23 May 09
I think it is so sad that there are so many elderly people out there either living alone or living in a retirement residence that they just dislike. I guess we are forgetting that there are dear people around us that cared for us when we were little and now lead a life in solitude. We are trying too hard to keep up with the latest technology, advancing on our careers or exploring ways to make more and more money. Nothing wrong with that, but too wrong with the fact that we are leaving the family and people that matter aside for material things. I wish people would wake up and realize that they will grow old one day and when that day comes and everyone turns their back on you, or you never receive a phone call from someone checking to see how you are doing, it won't be too pleasant. It will just be too little too late. A phone call or a short visit does not cost anything at all.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi mimuche, Thank you for responding and we agree, however it is not always just the elderly although, they are without the biggest group, there are also younger people who have been shut out of society. e need to get back to caring for one another. Blessings.
@GemmaR (8526)
23 May 09
I like to think that I do make a difference in many people's lives. I love to go round to neighbours and cook for them, or do a little cleaning, as they are elderly and cannot do it for themselves. Also, I go around to my grandparents house a lot and will just sit and chat to them for hours on end about their lives and mine.. what they've been up to.. and various bits and pieces like that! It's a lovely feeling to think that there is someone in this world a little happier because of something you've said or done, so I fully recommend it!
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi GemmaR, Thank you for commenting and You are indeed doing your part. I love to hear such stories. Blessings.
@rtslvtwy (1088)
• Malaysia
23 May 09
I guess that it's the LOVE and CARE that makes the world go round. Even just a smile to someone you may know or a stranger may simply makes the other person's day a better day.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi rtslvtwy, Thank you for commenting an I feel that you are right. Blessings.
@biggerb (2028)
• India
23 May 09
"A hug a day makes their day" I truly believe in this.A hug says it all.It makes you feel the warmth, care, love and affection.When you are consoling someone and you hug them they can sense the feeling of comfort.When you are happy and hug someone you share your happiness with them.I have been going to all these lectures and classes which promote a healthy way of life.many of them advocate this policy of a hug.It really works wonders. Just try it at home with your family members the first you do is give each one a hug it does wonders. As you have stated this loneliness is a thing of concern.It is indeed a very sad plight.Though you have family as you grow old you find the younger generation caught up in this fast paced world.They too are really not to blame as life is very racy.Still it would be nice if they could spare a few moments atleast once in a while.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi biggerb, Thank you for commenting and I too am a great believer in hugs, although I suppose not everyone feels that way. I agree that we should not blame people as this world has become so fast paced and some would say uncaring. I think we can all spare a little time though when we know a lonely person and we will feel better because of it. Blessings.
• United States
22 May 09
Pose- It's very scary that there are so many elder persons in our community that are simply out of sight and out of mind. I really feel it is because America doesn't foster the wisdom of the elders, nor do we hold them in a revered status. We simply push them off as forgetful, etc. Look at the commericals on any given station and that is how we view elders. It's only recently that the baby boomers have been trying to change how we view elders. We've two elders in our building who we make it a point of checking in with almost daily when they walk their dog. At times she's stopped us when we were walking and she was driving by just to stop and see how we're doing. Funny, because if for some reason she doesn't see us for awhile-if our schedules keep us from crossing paths she'll stop us when she does see us and say that she was glad to see us and that we're still alive. She's a pistol! Back to hugs though, I think they are very important. I'm a happy hugger, but since moving up to Minnesota I've realized it's not a real "huggy" state, though a classmate joked that I could come "x" city and they'd hug me! My immeadiate family and I hug all the time. We hug our children several times a day, and my spouse and I hug. Now, we've not gotten to the point of hugging strangers, but if we know the person and they seem to need one we'll ask if they want a hug. There was a woman I saw on a cooking show, the Take Home Chef, who introduced him to randomly hugging people. She simply went out on the boardwalk and held up a sign "Free Hugs", and a great many people stopped for some. The one that caught the chef's attention was a homeless man who hugged him. I think we all need this reminder that we're all the same regardless of circumstances, and the power of the healing touch. Namaste-Anora
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi Anora, It is true, we are all the same regardless of circumstances and we all need to know we are important to somebody. I guess some people just aren't huggers but they don't know what they are missing, the power of the healing touch can never be underestimated. Thanks for responding. Blessings.
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@Mirita (2668)
• United States
22 May 09
Well, I'm always hugging everyone and I always make sure that I show love to those who really need it. It does not cost any money to spend time with others.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi Mirita, Thank you for this, it's so good to know that some people are dooing just that. Blessings.
@savypat (20246)
• United States
22 May 09
You are so right, many people live alone and would love to have a neighbor just knock and give them recognition that they are known to exist. With all our new techo devices there is less and less reason to have a face to face connection.
@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Hi savypat, Thank you for that comment and I intend to start doing more of this myself. Blessings.
@biman_s (1061)
• India
22 May 09
Trying to make this society more caring and sensitive is a very noble thought but for that to happen we have to change the way people think now a days. The loving nature of human beings have changed over centuries. And now things are going worse. I think unless we really change, like you said we might not have a very good future.
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@Pose123 (21667)
• Canada
23 May 09
Thank you biman for commenting and sad as it seems, you are right. We must remember though that there are still some people who care and are doing what they can. Now is the time for us to join them, we may not have time for much but we can all do something. Blessings.
@wildcat48 (782)
• United States
23 May 09
rrreeeaaall biiiiiiiiig hug