Following up on both hugging and on women:
Another thing I envy women is their generally much more relaxed relationship with physical touching.
One more from Pascal:
"Hugs should be covered by health insurances. We'll probably never know how valuable they are to our physical, mental and emotional well-being. Newborns cannot survive without them, that much is certain."
It's true. My mom once talked about a woman friend of the family who liked to hug my bigger brother when he was a kid. And my mom had asked her why she did not hug me also. And she said: "oh no, I wouldn't dare!" So I was a bit intense and kept people at a distance. (Not that I was not and am not a loving person, I am.) (Then again, Dubya says the same thing. :) So I did not get hugged. And I think I shot myself in the foot with that one. I am certain I would be a calmer and happier person if that had been different.