What are you thinking when you look at others?
What emotions are you feeling?
What energy are you sending their way?
I am currently reading "Love for No Reason" by Marci Shimoff. If you want to read a book to help you create the best life ever, I tell you, this is one of them. There are nuggets of gold basically on every page, but I wanted to highlight one today that has touched my life.
This story is taken from page 167 written by a lady named Carol who helped Marci write the book.
My morning bike ride always takes me past a stream of walkers, runners, and other bicyclists. I'm naturally a friendly person, and I like to smile and say good morning to everyone I pass. But sometimes I feel quiet or don't want to interrupt someone else's reverie, so I also make a point to "beam love" at the people I meet, whether I greet them physically or not. Some people smile and others don't respond at all.
One day, after having just read the research about the health benefits of hugging, I decided to turn it up a notch. Instead of just beaming love, I have each person I passed a "mental hug." I imagined taking each person , old, young, man or woman, in my arms and giving them a warm, sincere embrace. The experience was amazing. I could feel the energy in my body become stronger, brighter, and more loving each time I did it.
So let's break this down here. There is some phenomenal life-changing stuff is this story.
"Studies show that if you hug someone for six seconds or more, your body produces mood-lifting chemicals that promote bonding with others--oxytocin and serotonin....So you can imagine why Carol is as high as a kite by the time she finished her morning rides. Hugging lowers blood pressure, gives your immune system a boost, and can diminish your experience of physical pain". (Love for No Reason)
So ask yourself, "Have I HUGGED someone, and hopefully multiple someones, today?"
At the grocery store? In the mall? Right at home?