The clever marketing of Monty and Mabel, the adorable Penguin characters from the John Lewis adverts, has captured the imaginations of the television and online world.
Every day you will read and see pictures that remind you of the huge human benefits a loving hug has on our wellbeing.
Hugging is known to raise our endorphin levels while helping to reduce our cortisol levels. The online world can be a very lonely and empty place for sole users or indeed a sole trader, sales person and marketeer.
The social media network sites Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, Google and more recently LinkedIn, encourage us networkers to build on our circle of friends and community.
In 2008, I joined the social media network called Ecademy owned by Thomas Power and founder Penny Power OBE and author of the book, ‘Know me, like me, follow me’.
Since then, I have met so many wonderful people, being part of that great membership, both from the UK and across the globe.
A London member called Norman, who I have became particularly fond of because of his humorous blogs, lost his wife to cancer.
He posted these memorable words to his network friends “hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em (again and again) how much you love them” Deep meaningful words of wisdom during the time of his greatest loss. He said this “If, in my heartbreaking & still extremely raw experience, I can pass anything on, it’s simply to live life to the full, enjoy the good times and to remind everyone to reach out (today, now) to their partners, wives, hubbies, kids & loved ones and hug ‘em hard and tell ‘em (again & again) how much you love them”…
His words struck a chord with me. When both my parents passed away, within two years of each other, despite being surrounded by their friends and family, I still felt like an orphan. Working through my grief, I took on the philosophy that has served me well, to encourage my two adult children, ‘to hug it out and to tell each other, they love each other’.
Thank You Norman for your words of wisdom.
Breathing new life into business. I provide social media campaigns for small business owners & entrepreneurs to help increase their followers, advocates and leads using social media.