Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Giving a Perfect Gift

A Hug is a Great Gift, One Size Fits All and it's Easy to Exchange
--author unknown
This is the giving season. I invite you to participate in making the whole year a giving season. In referral marketing we talk about the 'Givers Gain' mindset. By giving to others - you will gain. You will have to give of yourself, your time, and sometimes your money. From that giving activity you will gain personally, professionally, financially, socially, physically, and spiritually.

What if you can't think of the perfect gift to give? Well - give the gift of a hug. It is a great gift, one size fits all, and it will make you (and the receiver) feel great!

Check out this video on the science of the hug:

A 10-second hug a day can lead to biochemical and physiological reactions in your body that can significantly improve your health. According to one study, this includes: Lower risk of heart disease, Stress reduction, Fight fatigue, Boost your immune system, Fight infections, and can Ease depression.

I invited my fellow members of the BNI Thumbs Up Chapter (one of the largest and most successful BNI Chapters in Upstate New York) to attempt to give away 3 hugs a day for a week. Keep track of this easy giving activity and see how it impacts you and your relationships in the next 7 days.

Here is some additional reading:
10 Reasons Why We Need at Least 8 Hugs a Day
Fun Facts about Hugging
The Effects of Hugging

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