Do you know what a fairy hug is? Why, a hug from a fairy, of course! One of the best things ever is a hug from a child; one of the most magical things ever is a hug from a fairy. We believe in honouring each child’s wishes, so only give hugs when asked. But we sure love it when we are!
In this photo, this little girl went right up to Isha and gave her the biggest hug imaginable. She wrapped her arms and legs around Isha like she wanted to become her.
It was really really sweet and amazingly, a photographer captured the moment, and there we were that week, on the cover of the Squamish Chief, Squamish’s local paper!
Hugs are one of the best experiences of life, and have all sorts of good and healthy outcomes, not only from things like increased oxytocin and dopamine, but they also build a sense of trust and safety.
Heart-to-heart hugs boost the immune system, and they also help build self-esteem. Research even shows that hugs are extremely effective at treating sickness, loneliness, and anxiety. Hugs create a strong emotional connection that just seems to transcend everything else.
There is a saying by Virginia Satir, a respected family therapist, “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need eight hugs a day for maintenance. We need twelve hugs a day for growth.” But children may actually need far more.
So let’s have a fairy hug day – see if you can hug your little fairy at least 50 times in a day. Try it! Might be fun. If she wants to, that is!