A smile and a hug

help relieve

another’s depression.


Simon Stargazer III (July ‘14) adds, “My thoughts go back to the 1980’s in Illinois where my Mom attended Quaker Meeting for Sunday worship. It was their routine to end the period of silent worship by turning to each other and shaking hands. This was generally a somber event that my mom thought could use a change. One Sunday, she stood up and said, ‘Friends, I would like to suggest that instead of shaking hands, we exchange hugs.’ This practice was adopted, and almost all hugs were accompanied by smiles. Thus, a somber tone was lightened.” 

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