The Perfect Embrace: How Words Provide The Best Hugs

Sometimes all we need is a hug and on days when it is impossible to hug a loved one, words make for an ideal alternative. Let’s explore, shall we?

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We all experience rough days, and sometimes a four-hour-long hug seems like the only way to escape a funk. However, in most cases, such an extended embrace is nearly impossible. On those challenging days, words can be our saving grace. Whether through reading or writing, words provide havens of solace and refuge.

The Written Word

Books offer an unparalleled form of escapism, transporting readers from the turmoil of their dystopian reality into captivating narratives that capture their imagination. They possess the extraordinary ability to ignite the spark of emotions, immersing readers in a different realm far removed from their physical surroundings. As the pages turn, readers become entangled in the gripping storylines, finding solace and refuge in the characters’ journeys.


Reading can take you places you have never been before.

Dr Seuss

Moreover, books provide an emotional catharsis, allowing readers to forge connections and empathize with the experiences of others. They become safe havens, offering an escape route on days when the weight of life feels burdensome. Whether it’s a 17-year-old girl single-handedly saving a crumbling world, the arduous journey of a beloved sportsperson, or the mysterious disappearance of a girl in a small town, these captivating topics can insolate readers for hours on end, providing the perfect distraction from their own struggles.

In essence, the written word possesses a unique power to embrace readers, offering comfort, connection, and an avenue for respite. Books stand as steadfast companions, ready to offer their warm hug day or night.

Pen to Paper

The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank is a diary written by Anne Frank that detailed her day-to-day life hiding in an Annex during WWII. The diary portrays her daily struggles, her fears of captivation, and how she dealt with loneliness and isolation through fictional writing.


The Diary Of Frida Kahlo: An Intimate Self-Portrait is a journal of drawings by Frida Kahlo that depicts the internal and external conflicts she faced every day of her life. Throughout the course of the book, these drawings portray her very raw and honest thoughts and feelings about herself and the world around her.

Zlata’s Diary by Zlata Filipovic is again a diary, this time one that that depicts the story of a young girl in the midst of the Bosnian War. Zlata chronicles her daily life, surrounded by fear and uncertainty. She shares her hopes and dreams, her troubles and fears.

Each of these books are diaries that these authors wrote in times of turmoil. In Anne Franke’s case, the diary became her best friend. Writing in the diary kept her sane during the 2 years she spent hiding in the Annex. Frida Kahlo used her art and words as bearers for the excruciating pain she felt. She used her journal to express every deep and dark emotion she felt. Zlata said that writing about the trauma she felt during the war was her salvation and kept her sane.

Journal writing is a voyage to the interior

Christina Baldwin

Journalling your experiences, troubles, fears, dreams, and grievances is an exceptional way to let out your pent-up emotions. When you feel lost after a tough day, journalling about that day can help you weave together your fragmented emotions.

Journalling is a practice that can nurture you through rough days, acting as an outlet for your innermost thoughts and feelings.

Diaries and journals are excellent listeners, and you can rest assured they will not spill a secret.

Reading and writing provides you with a safe space to express your emotions. They remind you that your troubles are just a small part of a much larger story.

When you need them, words will always be there to give you the warmest hug.

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