If I stood here and stated that today, we are not as affectionate as our parents and their generation were; would I be wrong? Would I be talking out-of-place?
This post was sparked from a debating programme I watched last night with one of the debating points being hugging. Apparently I was not aware that there is a National Hugging Day, check out the link. It’s great that we have these kind of events, but in a sense it is also exceptionally sad. Why? Well look at it this way:
Why do we have National events such as National Letter Writing Day and No Smoking Day? It is to encourage us to do something on that particular day. So isn’t it sad that we need a day that encourages us to hug each other?
Interestingly enough, there is also some science around how long the common hug lasts, which this publication claims is 3 seconds.
For me, hugging is very important and I never shy away from a tight cuddle, an affectionate cuddle. Each and every day I make sure I get my hugs in, before I leave for work and when I come home. I can tell you it makes the world of good with family and friends.
I recently read a Freshly Pressed post on WordPress which I can’t recall, that spoke of the authors reluctance to hug family and friends, the affection there was rather cold. But I guess it’s each to their own.
So tell me, when’s the last time you gave someone a true affectionate hug?
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How many times have we heard the phrase Political Correctness Gone Mad. Everyone seems to use it and with some frustration. I recall talking to a friend whose wife is a pre-school teacher and they were asked to alter certain phrases which would now be deemed as offensive. For those living in the UK, you would have recently heard of the sacking of a high-profile sports broadcaster over sexist comments about a female linesperson, who had been officiating a game of football/soccer. Don’t get me wrong, there is no room for comments such as that but once again it does emphasise how careful we need to be about what we say. Some years back, I jokingly said that a time would come where we would all be carrying pre-written conversations with us just to ensure we don’t cause offence. I am now seriously thinking this could be a possibility. It would also mean a world where banter was strictly outlawed in the working place and in public. Are we therefore in danger of being a society where it’s always important to play it safe and not have any fun?
I am now in the process of constructing a list of all words that have been identified as politically incorrect. Just like the
old (can use that word anymore) American Express advert, Never Leave Home Without It.
Image of weird chap courtesy of breadwig