You can stop snickering ;). If you are too self conscious, feel free to just touch a tree. The funny thing is that a child would not even blink an eye to do such a thing, yet we as adults can create so many inhibitions that we may actually feel strange touching a most amazing and majestic part of nature, a simple tree.
This is not just for “tree-huggers”, being in nature is scientifically known to boost mental health. Hugging (or touching) a tree grounds us with it’s roots to the entire earth, as well as the rest of the world… which sounds a little crazy, but is a powerful thought. Not to mention, the benefits they provide should not be disregarded with providing clean air, shade to protect ourselves, a home for little critters and a piece of beauty for us to improve our mental state. On an added note, there have been studies linking human health and trees, including a recent one released in January 2013 by the USDA Forest Service. For more information, see: http://www.fs.fed.us/pnw/news/2013/01/tree-human-health.shtml
So remind yourself that trees are important and enjoy being with one today.
In a random article I found and read from the Sierra Madre Search and Rescue team, believe it or not, the first thing they tell a child who may be lost in the wilderness is to hug a tree! It goes on to say that one of the greatest fears many of us have is being alone. Hugging a tree, and even talking to it, can help calm you down and prevent panic.
… and honestly, all we really are is older children.