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Send virtual hugs during this COVID-19 pandemic

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is a virtual hug worth? More than a thousand words and more than money can buy.

Many people are missing human touch during this pandemic. They are also missing out from the profound benefits of touch and hugs for human beings. And these benefits go both ways-that is, we benefit from both giving and receiving hugs.

Proven benefits of touch and hugs

While there is a great deal of evidence that hugs are good for us, most of us already intuitively know this. Our language may be different -it’s that warm and fuzzy feeling we get when we give or receive a hug. Even though nothing is necessarily “fixed” or changed, we do tend to feel better after a good hug.

So how many hugs are prescribed for each day? It has been suggested that hugging be part of our daily routine – our Vitamin H, as it were.

A hug may be just what you need to get through some difficult moments during this pandemic. Maybe it is what you need after a trying homeschool session. Or maybe it is after a phone call with your mom or dad and you are really missing them or are feeling worried about them. Or maybe it is what you want to give to someone who is struggling and could use some support.

Virtual hugs are the next best thing

Our physical hugs are limited to members of our household right now (and you may not always be in hugging mode after being cooped up- just sayin’). A virtual hug, then, is the next best thing for people outside your household-moms, dads, other relatives, neighbours, etc.  While obviously nothing can replace a physical hug, the love and support that triggers the desire to give a hug in the first place, can still be felt.

Enhancing the feel of a virtual hug

Want to amplify the feeling? Just follow these 3 simple steps:

  • Set out a clear intention.

What is it you are sending exactly? Is it love, support? How do you want the person to feel?

  • Now, remember an amazing hug you have either given or received from someone in the past.

Really delve into that memory and relive it as best you can. Where were you at the time? What were the circumstances? What were you wearing? How did it feel? Were there any scents? Textures? Try to remember as  many details as you can. This is the experience of savouring. You can savour a good cup of coffee and you can reminisce and savour a hug. What were you feeling at the time? How are you feeling now that you’re imagining it?

  • Finally, take that feeling and press send. Love transcends space. It will be felt.

Even before this pandemic, there were reports that, for Western culture at least, human touch was on the decline. People are spending more time touching their phones than the people in their lives (if research at quintessential hugging hotspots-airports -is any indication). Maybe the upside of this pandemic will be a return to more human touch and hugging. For now, anyway, most of us know someone who could use a hug, and a virtual  hug is not just better than nothing, it counts! I imagine even some of those non-huggers out there (saying hello to my sister) might be interested in receiving one.

Let’s do this. Who is the first person you are going to send a virtual hug?

 

 

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  • nancy
    Mon Apr 27 2020, 23:23
    hi to my son, daughter-in-law,lisa, and my two,sweet grand-daughters,kayla & zoe, just sending you all a great, big hug, till the day when we can visit again and have real hugs, love you all.
  • Isabella Restrepo
    Fri Jun 19 2020, 19:35
    My sincere thoughts and prayers are with you... I love you...I am here for you.... Get well!!
    • JaneVock
      Mon Jun 22 2020, 08:18
      Beautiful!
  • HobbyFollower
    Wed Jul 22 2020, 12:40
    Hello people of the internet, I'm so glad u made it through these hard times. Just know that even if I or anyone else whose out there wanting to give you a hug is still having the same desire. Thanks to this website, I help you realize that UR THE MOST BEAUTIFUL , CARING AND LOVING PERSON AND I CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS PANDEMIC TO END. THANKS FOR BEING YOU. LOVE YOU<3
  • Abhimanyu Dutta
    Mon Sep 14 2020, 23:18
    Testing
    • JaneVock
      Tue Sep 29 2020, 11:35
      Your testing worked!Take good care, Jane
  • T-Maria HINDS-VERNON
    Fri Oct 30 2020, 23:01
    I love Hugs & I'm working from, I'm a person with a physical disability and use to been hug on daily basis, I walk walk with forarm crutches & not able to shake hands with others, so everyone greets me with hugs & kisses. I'm feeling like Covid-19 has clipped my wings. So I truly believe that my workplace allows me to work from home for my safety. I've been sending virtual hugs for months 🤗 I stumbled on this sight tonight when I wanted to confirm my spelling on virtual hugs. Thank you for creating this and giving the breakdown on the benefits. I'm so missing interaction with others. I sometimes feel imprison in my home. Thanks very much virtual hug 🤗
    • JaneVock
      Fri Nov 06 2020, 08:13
      Hi T-Maria,Thanks so much for taking the time to write. Its so hard when you are used to daily hugs, and while virtual ones aren't the same, I know, they are the next best thing in terms of sentiment. Take good care.
  • Chelsea
    Fri Nov 13 2020, 14:22
    Hello,Did you get your hug??
  • Den
    Wed Nov 18 2020, 10:12
    This virtual hug is for you as you go through some stressful times. Just sorry cannot be there tomorrow to give you a real hug Love Den
  • Angela Sabetta
    Wed Nov 18 2020, 14:03
    Sending a hug! I hope you know how much I love you and miss you! I'm thinking about our last hug and kiss!Love you!Mark
  • Mom
    Tue Dec 01 2020, 15:28
    just thought you'd love this!! Mom
  • Tyler Ulery
    Thu Dec 03 2020, 09:52
    Hi to Paul C our fearless Q LOR Manager. Sending you this big hug on your special day.
  • Nancy
    Tue Dec 22 2020, 14:41
    My Dear Nancy,You are going through a terrible time now, but it has a happy ending. I'm sending you this virtual Hug and wish I was there to really hug you. I love you, and considered yourself hugged!Love, Mom
  • DonnaFaatz
    Wed Dec 23 2020, 19:25
    Donna, prayers still coming your way. Hope you are feeling better soon Love and blessings Mae
  • Braiden W
    Thu Jan 14 2021, 11:18
    Grandma I Love You I Love Your Jokes And How You Always Say That Im Your Favorite Nine Year Old Grandson (Even Though Im Your Only One!) I Love You!
    • JaneVock
      Fri Jan 15 2021, 08:44
      Oh Braiden, thanks so much for posting this beautiful loving message!Elizz
  • Wesley
    Wed Feb 03 2021, 11:58
    love you - can't wait to give you big hugs when I get home!!! this will have to do for now :)
  • amber
    Mon Feb 08 2021, 15:14
    a hug for ya
  • Vitor
    Tue Feb 09 2021, 16:14
    Te adoro
  • Michele Chahwan
    Mon Feb 15 2021, 12:13
    sendning you lots of love
  • Rome Holloway
    Tue Feb 16 2021, 10:23
    To all my current teachers and those of you I look forward to having in the future..Thank you for all that you have taught and shown me this year.. Your teaching methods and over all mission has made the biggest impact in my self esteem and confidence. The amount of time and interest in my education that you show me provides me with that one in one extra care Ive needed all these years to excell in my understanding. You Doral the most important and special people in my life HUGS HUGS AND BLOW KISSES TO MY LEARNING TEAM!! Happy Valentines Day THANK YOU FOR. BEING YOU..Love Rome HOLLOWAY
  • Adithi Mallesh
    Thu Feb 18 2021, 05:21
    i hate papaya but if you were one i love it .
  • Paul Mantyvirta
    Sun Feb 21 2021, 06:16
    Miss you hugs..
  • Trevor
    Tue Feb 23 2021, 09:58
    Miss you
  • Monika
    Fri Feb 26 2021, 21:04
    Hi mony, you gonna be okay i promise. I love you so much :) <3
  • Joan
    Tue Mar 02 2021, 07:43
    So wish this hug could be in person
  • Juan
    Tue Mar 09 2021, 21:50
    Hugs!
  • Amy
    Sat Mar 13 2021, 14:13
    I will love you forever ~babe
  • PattiCulford
    Tue Mar 16 2021, 13:51
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    • JaneVock
      Thu Apr 08 2021, 09:04
      Hi there,I have sent your request to our business/marketplace staff. Thank you for your interest.
  • Lou
    Wed Mar 31 2021, 19:06
    I wish I'm there for you, be strong. I love you so much. We haven't talk for a long time and I really miss you dear brother.😥 God is good. He is a healer, we just have to believe in him. I'm claiming it, you will be healed. 🙏☝️
  • Alisa SWANKY ZANKY
    Mon Apr 05 2021, 15:10
    I LOVE YOU BABY! MANY SQUEEZES THROUGH THIS :) :( :) :( :) :( TYPE OF DAY <3 <3 <3
  • sara
    Wed Apr 07 2021, 13:10
    hey, I just wanted you to know that I don't believe in love and love you even more each day I love you so much my soulmate and I love you so much my dear friend and I love you so much my dear friend
  • Mark Cozens
    Fri Apr 09 2021, 21:28
    Missing our Hugs!
  • Jew
    Sat Apr 10 2021, 17:04
    i luv u more than da world itself
  • lilith
    Sat Apr 10 2021, 17:39
    ily jinji<8 4ever
  • Claivert Micallef
    Sat Apr 10 2021, 20:10
    To Clyshan, Ejja taaa don’t cry over him.Ic-chance jigik<3 lyyyyFrom Claivert
  • levent Akyollu
    Sun Apr 11 2021, 10:16
    Hugs/ to/ my/ future/wife
  • Vidya
    Fri Apr 23 2021, 00:46
    Hey there, I know it's been a tough year, and seems to be getting tougher but stay strong hey.. you have a big strong heart and things will work out for the best. Stay positive - here is a tight hug from me to you.. tc, V
  • Eleanor meister
    Sat Apr 24 2021, 15:49
    sending
  • C
    Sat Apr 24 2021, 19:36
    te extraño...-c
  • Dadhibal Ram Ahgir
    Tue Apr 27 2021, 04:29
    You have earned one more day tomorrow by the work you did today.
  • Simão Peixoto
    Tue Apr 27 2021, 14:02
    Oi oi meu amor, já que não posso te dar um abracinho pessoalmente vai aqui o meu virtual❤️ Estou aqui paea você!
  • Gloria :D
    Thu May 06 2021, 20:09
    I LOVE YOU SO MUCH<3 YOU ARE THE BEST AND SWEETEST PERSON. I’M HAPPY TO HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE.
  • Chris
    Sat May 08 2021, 12:00
    You’re an awesome aunt, a great daughter, and an amazing person, You deserve to be told everyday you’re doing a great job cause you are !
  • Natanael
    Sun May 09 2021, 01:22
    Te amo tanto, tal vez no estemos juntos en este momento pero con este mensaje te haré sentir como si estuviera contigo físicamente, pero lo importante es que lo que nos mantiene unidos es la conexión que tenemos, virtual hug mi amor