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Did You Give or Receive Love Today? Anyone Need a Hug? #socialmedia

By 18/08/2017blog
Love someone

Love someone

Kindness, love, brotherhood, beauty– all of them look closer to fiction than fact as I receive dark news from all over the world. Or maybe it is my dark frame of mind as I start on a new novel.

I don’t know that I can change the world. But each of us can make a change in our own worlds, and bring about a change, however tiny, for someone else.

I try to be a positive presence in life, and online, for writer friends and readers– and today, I’d just like to reach out to everyone who visits: talk to me about your triumphs, the good things that happened to you, the kindness you gave and received, things that made you smile and laugh. And if it is a sadness you want to share (if you’re comfortable with doing so here or via messages or email) and just want someone to listen, I’m here.

I have a bad back today, but I also had a few good meals, read a book, got a bit of work done, got a few smiles and hugs. That’s my happiness for the day sorted, love given and received. Sending out love, light and hugs to all my bloggy friends on here.

What bit of love did you give or receive today? Want to tell us your good news? Tell us what you’re upset about? Anyone need a hug?

If you need more positives and smiles in your lives, I co-host the monthly We Are the World Blogfest: I’d like to invite you to join. Post a snippet of positive news that shows our essential, beautiful humanity on Bloggingthe last Friday of each month– and read heartwarming snippets from others.

This monthly event has brought smiles on the faces of a lot of participants and their audiences, and somewhat restored their faith in humanity. Here is a sampler. Click here to know more. Sign up here and add your bit of cheer to the world on the next installment of August 25th!


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Damyanti Biswas

Damyanti Biswas is the author of You Beneath Your Skin and numerous short stories that have been published in magazines and anthologies in the US, the UK, and Asia. She has been shortlisted for Best Small Fictions and Bath Novel Awards and is co-editor of the Forge Literary Magazine. Her next literary crime thriller, The Blue Bar, is represented by Lucienne Diver from The Knight Agency, and was published by Thomas & Mercer on January 1, 2023.

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  • dgkaye says:

    Beautiful D! My hubby and I give each other hugs freely, many times a day. πŸ™‚

  • datmama4 says:

    I love the fact that you’re always an encourager. You are doing your part to make the world a brighter place!

  • I do need it today. My dog woke me three times last night–and who can say no to that face? Sigh.

  • Rajlakshmi says:

    I agree that if we all try to be positive or do something positive in our own way, then the world will be a much better place. Hope your back feels better soon ?

  • gaillovesgod says:

    I made everyone in the house smile with such awwwws showing them your picture of the ever so small baby kitten! Thanks for helping me share some smiles! God loves you!

  • macjam47 says:

    Yesterday, I hugged a friend while he told of the pain of losing 2 sons and a grandson and he hugged me back knowing that having lost a son, I understood his grief.

  • Nick Wilford says:

    You’re not wrong – these are dark times indeed. That just makes it more important than ever to spread as much positivity as we can.

  • Yes painful backs seem to be part of a common human experience so you have my sympathies. You have focused on something very important. If we spent more time empathizing with others and even giving that hug where it is culturally acceptable it should break down the prejudices that divide nations and society in general. It’s a sad old world we live in now and a little empathy and cheer would make a difference.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      A little empathy does indeed go a long way. I see that in so many news items from all over the world during WATWB.

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  • hilarymb says:

    Hi Damyanti – hope the back eases … a good back is essential to a comfortable life. I try and see the world in positive ways – and usually it is – just some black thunderous blobs around – which I hope realise the error of their ways. Today has been quiet … gathering myself after an overseas visitor … and trying to get on with a few chores – being good to me! Giving positive comments too I hope!! Cheers Hilary

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Being good to our selves is so important. Self-hate leads to all the hate in the world. Thanks for always being such a kind friend on my blog. I really appreciate all your visits.

  • ccyager says:

    As an American, it’s very difficult to be an American right now. As a writer, I find myself wanting to read fantasies rather than write anything. But I push myself to play with my imagination and write. So I would say what I’m most upset about now is having to endure, as an American, the incompetence, ignorance, and paranoia that is in the White House right now. It’s not reassuring and I don’t feel safe in the world anymore. As a result, I have a hard time paying attention to what’s going on in other countries, and I feel numb about all of it. What’s good? It’s the weekend! They’re still happy with my work at my new job! My commute this summer has been bearable! And I have a new story that I’m working on. I’ve learned that the kindest thing I can do for others right now is to smile and listen.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Kudos for you for choosing the positive: focus on those, keep practicing those, and the sum-total of negatives in the world, no matter how overwhelming, will reduce. We may not always be able to do big things, but the world is changed in small increments.

  • The world is definitely dark these day, its not all in your head

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Yes, but it is up to me to focus on the darkness, or the light. I choose light, each morning.

  • writershilpa says:

    Three months ago, when I lost my pet dog, I decided not to get attached to anyone – it’s too much of heartache when they go away/leave you. After some days, hubby brought home a parakeet. I was really not trying to bond with him because, well, birds are way different than dogs. This little guy would bite even when we tried to feed him! Yet, over time, I began talking to him once in a while. Somewhere down the line, my heart melted at the sight of the poor fellow looking all lost and lonely. I prayed fervently for a partner for him, but hubby said they have banned imported birds, so a chance of him finding a partner was zero. So, I began talking to him oftener and wished I could give him a hug so he wouldn’t feel lonely and upset. And, couple days ago, surprise of surprise, the little chap came and perched himself right behind me on a stool i was sitting on! Since then, he has gotten very comfortable and loves snuggling against my arm/on my shoulder. It makes him feel safe/warm, I feel. But, it gives me immense joy to know that he no longer feels lonely!
    A hug or a loving touch can really change the way one feels. All we need to do is reach out to them and make their day!

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      So sorry for your loss–losing a friend is hard. But you seem to have gained a new one–this one will not make up for your loss, but at least there’s someone to appreciate your hugs and kisses again. Sending you lots of love–you are a brave girl– I don’t keep pets because I can’t bear the thought of losing them.

  • Christy B says:

    Yes, you ARE a positive presence online and I’m glad to know you πŸ™‚ Cheers to love and the effects of both giving and receiving it <3

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I’m so glad to know you, too, Christy. Yes, cheers to love–may there always be enough for all of us.

  • Bellybytes says:

    Thanks for the hugs ! Sending hugs your way too! Good luck with your new novel

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      Thanks for the wishes. Sure need them, and also the hugs. Take care of you.

  • “I don’t know that I can change the world. But each of us can make a change in our own worlds, and bring about a change, however tiny, for someone else.”
    I believe this as well! Wishing everyone a good day!

  • Perfect message for today. I injured my back yesterday and have been in a LOT of pain! I live alone, so taking care of my pets, mowing the lawn, doing laundry, cooking, etc. … I have no choice but to try to do them myself, so I’ve been in a real funk about it. But this is a reminder to be thankful for all the hard work my back does when it is healthy, and that this IS a temporary state that will eventually pass, and that my other body parts are able to handle the instability to help compensate, and that I work for myself so I can take a day off if necessary, and that I have a computer that works and Internet hook-up so that I can look up pain relief and information on how to speed healing … that I have new glasses to be able to read that information, that I have a heating pad and ice packs available, that I have pain killers available, that I have a comfortable futon when the pain gets to be too much so I can nap, that I have entertainment to distract me (books, Netflix, music, art supplies), and that I have pets who know when I’m in pain and try their best to comfort me. It’s hard to be grateful when life is interrupted like this and with such discomfort, but thank you for the reminder that things could always be worse. <3 Without any one of those things, coping and recovery would be even more difficult.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I So feel you, being laid up with back pain myself. On some days I write: happiness is being pain-free!

      You have such a positive attitude. Hope you feel better soon, and take care of you.

  • I have had a blog on WordPress for about four years now. I’m not sure exactly when I began doing it, but for at least the last couple of years I end every post with this signature: “Have a wonderful day, and give someone you love a big hug.” Then I put a smiley face there.

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      I need to sign off for on something similar. These days I end my posts with a call to the positivity Blogfest I help run each month. Any little thing to the side of the good in the world.

  • Joy Pixley says:

    A great reminder of the importance of small gestures. It’s not even 8 am here, so the only love I’ve given is to my cat, but I will make an extra effort to spread kindness today. Hugs!

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  • Tim says:

    Solid Gold advice. Thank you, we should all try to find a small gem of beauty in the world.

    Thank you,

    • Damyanti Biswas says:

      All the beauty and love in the world lie in the small things. Thanks for the comment and the share, Tim.

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