Hug Me: A story about love and the meaning of life
Hug Me is a beautifully written book that illustrates the importance of human life and how it is directly affected by the emotions and actions of those around us. The message of this book is simple, yet so important. Life moves so fast sometimes that we forget what it is that is truly important in our lives.
Dr. Zack is a very successful psychiatrist who, from the outside, seems to have everything anyone could ever want out of life. Sure he is single with no children, but he is also wealthy, has his own private practice, a cool car, and a house overlooking the ocean. But Dr. Zack, despite all of his expensive material possessions, suffers from depression despite all of his wonderful material possessions. He soon develops a drinking problem after trying all different modalities to “fix” his depression. He smokes marijuana, goes jogging, and tries meditation to cure his depression. He even goes to a hypnotist to find out why he can’t find happiness. He wants very much to find a woman to share his life with and be happy but his relationships always seem to go wrong.
Then Dr. Zack meets a patient named Gee. Gee is a young boy who can read minds, however, Gee too is looking to be loved in a way that his physical mother seems not to able to give him. He just wants to be hugged and loved. Gee and Dr. Zack learn and grow together to find the missing pieces in their lives.
Hug Me dives deep into the psychology behind why humans need interaction with other humans. Feeling loved and being hugged or touched can help to cure many things including depression and anxiety. After a stressful day, it is easy to see how an embrace by a loved one can help relax the human body out of fight or flight mode.
I really loved the characters in Hug Me because they were vulnerable and showed raw emotions. Gee is a very wise boy who ends up helping Dr. Zack in his own life even though he is the patient.
This book is well-written and conveys a story that many people will be able to relate to. Hug Me is a book about life, the messiness of it, and the unlimited possibilities of the things it can bring. It is a book that will leave you pondering about the wonders of life long after putting it down. I recommend this book to people of all ages who come from all walks of life; a timeless piece.
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