I Prefer Hugs Over Handshakes

My name is Megan Oliver, and I currently reside in Ladera Ranch, CA, with my husband and 14-month-old daughter Addison.  I gladly embraced this week’s challenge with open arms! Hugs are something I love to give and receive.  I would like to say I pride myself on giving good tight hugs and--I am embarrassed to say-- I sometimes judge people on the hugs they give.  I think the tighter the better, but that is just me.  Others may think that is odd and wish I didn’t squeeze so hard.  I loved reading the science behind hugs Aly posted this week for the challenge.  I totally believe it. Everyone needs hugs whenever possible, and they do trigger many positive reactions in our body.

As I was thinking about this week’s challenge, a few things came to mind… ironically I had just received a recognition email from my boss about a recent sale I closed for my job.  The conclusion of her email stated, “At the end of Megan’s sales process, the client usually gives her a hug!”  I didn’t think anything of this action because it is just my style, but I think many people find this odd.  I am closing deals and then hugging the CEO of a company--I guess I prefer hugs over handshakes.  Call me crazy, but who doesn’t want a hug?!   

 The timing of this week’s challenge seemed to fall at the perfect time for me. A few colleagues and I were traveling as part of our job. I decided to step out of my comfort zone and encourage my co-workers to do the same.  We made a sign saying "Free Hugs" and stood in the path of the bustling airport, waiting to see who might come up and acknowledge us and if anyone would actually request a free hug.  It was a blast! Many people made comments: "That was the best thing that happened to me all day" or a simple "Thank you."  A hug is a free, tangible gift we can easily give to others. I encourage everyone to embrace one another with a hug instead of a handshake.