World Class Hugs

Hello, and welcome to World Class Hugs, the Adventurous Empath’s Guide to the Universe! Topics for your enjoyment and inspiration include:

  • Being an empath and also being adventurous – in psychology, this is also known as being both a “highly sensitive person” and also a “high sensation seeking person”. However, I prefer the term “Adventurous Empath”!
  • Travelling, RV’ing, visiting parks, photos of amazing places.
  • Hugging, cuddling, affection, connection with others.
  • Spirituality – no particular religious bent, but open-minded curiosity.
  • Mental health and empaths.
  • Cats, dogs, pets, with photos.
  • Introversion, empathic personalities, healthy relationships of all kinds.
  • Kindness, helping others, balanced with self-care.

Thank you for reading and following, and enjoy! Much love! ❤ xoxo


Acknowledging Pain and Hardships Does Not Make One a Victim – But Here’s What Does

By Rachel Puryear When someone frequently plays the victim, it can be toxic and destructive – for themselves, as well as for other people around them. We’re all guilty of playing the victim sometimes. Doing so now and then is a part of human nature, as we tend to much more easily see ways inContinue reading “Acknowledging Pain and Hardships Does Not Make One a Victim – But Here’s What Does”

Challenging People When They Say, ‘You Couldn’t Possibly Understand…’

By Rachel Puryear Have you ever been in a highly emotionally charged argument with someone, and the other person countered your points with something like…”Well, of course you would see it that way. What could you possibly understand about my situation? You couldn’t possibly understand. You’ve never been there.” If we’re being honest, we’ve probablyContinue reading “Challenging People When They Say, ‘You Couldn’t Possibly Understand…’”

What if We’ve Been Wrong All Along About the So-Called “Midlife Crisis”?

By Rachel Puryear There’s a common cliché in our culture known as the “midlife crisis”. The phenomenon is widely perceived as someone throwing away a good life path for questionable choices – such as, for example; “abruptly” leaving a “successful” career, and at the cost of one’s professional and social reputation – or, some variationContinue reading “What if We’ve Been Wrong All Along About the So-Called “Midlife Crisis”?”

What it Really Means When Someone is “Spoiled” – It’s Not What Most People Think

By Rachel Puryear One not-very-nice thing we sometimes hear some people say about others is that someone is “spoiled”. It’s a condescending remark. It’s also usually rooted in jealousy and resentment. Most often, that’s all that’s behind it – just sour grapes. Often it’s said by someone who, themselves, doesn’t even recognize their own goodContinue reading “What it Really Means When Someone is “Spoiled” – It’s Not What Most People Think”

Things We Need to Stop Telling Gifted, Talented, Highly Intelligent Children

By Rachel Puryear If you were a highly intelligent, sensitive, and curious child; then chances are, you also had/and still have: An introverted and gentle temperament, a strong innate sense of justice (that many others won’t grasp), and you love (and need) down time to let your mind wander and think. You probably appreciate theContinue reading “Things We Need to Stop Telling Gifted, Talented, Highly Intelligent Children”

Spirituality Has Essential Lessons, But None of Them Are Absolutes

By Rachel Puryear Regardless of your own spiritual inclinations, there are a few general teachings that most people recognize as belonging to a variety of traditions – and some of these values are adopted by many believers and non-believers alike, as wise principles for living a more compassionate and meaningful life. Some of these valuesContinue reading “Spirituality Has Essential Lessons, But None of Them Are Absolutes”

What is Emotional Generosity, and Why Does it Matter for Relationships?

By Rachel Puryear We all appreciate it when others are generous with us. There are many kinds of generosity that we appreciate in others – including generosity of time, money, and efforts on behalf of people and various causes. However, there’s another kind of generosity that’s just as critical for healthy relationships and caring forContinue reading “What is Emotional Generosity, and Why Does it Matter for Relationships?”

Some Friendships Weren’t Meant to Last for Life – That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Still Worthwhile

By Rachel Puryear There’s an old saying: “Some people come into your life for a reason. Others come in for a season. A few last for a lifetime.” There’s a lot of truth to this, whether or not you attach any spiritual significance to it. So, what does it mean, exactly; and how can itContinue reading “Some Friendships Weren’t Meant to Last for Life – That Doesn’t Mean They Aren’t Still Worthwhile”

Seeing the Good in People Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore Red Flags

By Rachel Puryear Throughout life, we are encouraged to see the best in other people. Looking at people’s better sides is lauded as reflecting maturity and compassion. And certainly, we all want ourselves to be viewed through a forgiving lens. Indeed, there is maturity and compassion in our efforts to appreciate the good qualities ofContinue reading “Seeing the Good in People Doesn’t Mean You Should Ignore Red Flags”

In Relationships, Hard Truths Are Better Than Broken Promises

By Rachel Puryear In healthy relationships, we all want to make our significant others and good friends and loved ones feel good and be happy with us. Sometimes, though, the need for uncomfortable honesty can be at odds with that. Hence the popularity of white lies, or even partial truths. In a courtroom, there’s aContinue reading “In Relationships, Hard Truths Are Better Than Broken Promises”

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