Each morning before the students race through the door, I try to make my rounds to my fellow staff members to give them a hug. Mind you, I teach in a small school of 67 students with three teachers and three support staff. It doesn’t take long to do the rounds.
It is a routine that started a few years back. When new staff members have joined us, I warn them that I hug to start the day. I even had one tell me she is not much of a hugger so her hug is more of a side hug rather than a full bear hug.
I am not sure what it is about the physical connection of a hug to make you feel better and get you ready to face the day of 20 students looking for your attention.
It is been stated we need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs for maintenance and 12 hugs a day for growth. Who will you hug today?