Hugs are awesome. We all love giving and receiving hugs. The average length of a hug is three seconds, but did you know that when a hug lasts 20 seconds, there is a therapeutic effect on the body and mind? The reason is that a sincere embrace produces oxytocin, otherwise known as the love hormone. This substance has many benefits to our physical and mental health. Among many things it helps us relax, to feel safe, to calm our fears and anxieties and to raise our self esteem. These wonderful effects are given free of charge every time we have a person in our arms, when we cradle a child, when we dance with a partner in our arms, when we hug our pets and when we hug our friends and family.

A famous quote by psychotherapist Virginia Satir goes, “We need 4 hugs a day for survival, 8 hugs for maintenance and 12 hugs for growth.” Whether those exact numbers have been scientifically proven remains to be seen, however there is a lot of research relating to the importance of hugs and physical contact.

So get hugging people!!!

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