Hug More Interview Series - Lauren Ostrovsky

We discovered her through Unstuck. She is an author, speaker, coach and communication consultant. She is a founder of a company called Simply Leap, helping others see how much is possible even in hard times. She is also a founder of Hudson Valley Women in Business and more importantly (subjective judgement) a founder of #HugTour Movement : ) \o/ She is all about bravery and positivity and we admire her for that. She is also a hugger and we love her for that. She is our great support and her name is Lauren.

 

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WHY DO YOU LIKE HUGS? WHAT DO THEY MEAN TO YOU?

Hugs are about showing people you care about how much you care. When you take an extra moment to appreciate the person in front of you, the hug takes care of itself.


WITH WHO DO YOU HUG THE MOST? WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE HUGGING PARTNER?

I learned to hug from my mom. When she and I hug we sway together. It’s sweet and comforting, like the best hugs should be.


IS THERE A ONE PARTICULAR HUG THAT YOU WOULD POINT OUT AS YOUR FAVORITE? ANY HUG SO FAR THAT STICKS OUT?

In this video I share a story about the hug that inspired my #HugTour Movement. I can still feel the hug with Chloe and the excitement that the love I was trying to show was working.(More about my #HugTour.


IS THERE SOMEONE YOU OWE A HUG? SOMEONE YOU SHOULD HAVE HUGGED OR YOU WANTED TO HUG, SOMEONE WHO DESERVED A HUG BUT FOR SOME REASON YOU STILL HAVEN’T?

This is a great question! I don’t normally hug strangers, so when I pass people on the street or see stories in the news and want to hug them (want them to know they are loved), I send happy or healing hugs their way. I think it counts.


IF YOU COULD PICK ANYONE, WHO WOULD YOU HUG? DEAD OR ALIVE, FICTIONAL OR REAL?

Without a second thought, it would have to be Mother Teresa. What an inspiration, and I’m positive she was also a wonderful hugger! Second choice, Winnie the Pooh. Okay okay and choice 3: Julie Andrews.


AND LASTLY, GIVE US ONE DAMN GOOD REASON WHY WE SHOULD ALL HUG MORE?

We need more hugs! We need to know we’re cared about, thought well of, respected and loved just as we are. Another note — when I talk about hugs, they don’t have to be the arms-around-you kind. Hugs, to me, are generous acts we do to show people we care. It includes a hand on your arm, a compliment, really listening. Everyone and anyone can hug in this way.


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