Hugs are Great!

There’s something in a simple hug
That always warms the heart;
It welcomes us back home
And makes it easier to part.
A hug’s a way to share the joy
And sad times we go through,
Or just a way for friends to say
They like you ’cause you’re you.

Hugs are meant for anyone
For whom we really care,
From your grandma to your neighbour,
Or a cuddly teddy bear.

A hug is an amazing thing –
It’s just the perfect way
To show the love we’re feeling
But can’t find the words to say.

It’s funny how a little hug
Makes everyone feel good;
In every place and language,
It’s always understood.

And hugs don’t need new equipment,
Special batteries or parts –
Just open up your arms
And open up your hearts.

~Jill Wolf

Apparently, (and we always knew this didn’t we!!) hugs are good for you. Scientific studies have shown that hugs help us. Four hugs are said to be necessary for our survival; eight are suggested as the amount needed for good maintenance, and twelve hugs are said to be the level required for growth. (If only this allowed me to hug random pretty women…)

Even another more recent study proved that oxytocin levels are increased through hugging, and that this is especially beneficial for women. Oxytocin is a “bonding” hormone. The hugs also reduced blood pressure in this study, reducing the risk of heart disease.

Actually, you only have to ask any woman and she will agree; most men, though not as needy for hugs, also appreciate a good 20-second hug. 20-seconds might not sound like long, but you certainly get more of a chance over that time to allow the senses of touch, smell and sight to ‘feed on’ the experience allowing this powerful elixir to pervade the being of both huggee’s!

The concept of “cuddle parties” has been mooted as a most platonic sort of orgy that people can engage in to satisfy their need to “bond.” Just think about the possibility of being invited to a cuddle party, especially if you’re single or have a partner a long way away – could be risky for some and an opportunity for others. It seems we all need a good hug!

Seriously though, these cuddle parties have been arranged and do appear to be above board and of great health benefit to those who partake. Provided in a safe environment, hugs can only be positive.

It seems that like a good laugh, fish, vegetables, and sex; a good old-fashioned hug is something that is such a simple fix for the modern maladies of life.

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2 thoughts on “Hugs are Great!

  1. D, I concur hugs are a great ‘fix’ and critically needed within the demands of today’s fast paced life. The power of reach / impact is great, too, across all ages. Children in pain / hurt can find balance and learn resiliency skills if genuine care and communication is expressed and furthered with ‘ask’ and facilitation of the hug. The ‘ask’ is always a prerequisite.

    You didn’t, however, quantify the period of time for said hugs…4, 8 , 12. I’m assuming that is ‘per day’?

    My two cents — the hugger must be genuine within the purpose and intent of their hug for the ‘huggee’ to receive maximum benefit and count with the recommended daily dose. Within the cuddle parties, I like the final rule most and find it amongst the most critical, although I fear those that need this rule will not fully grasp its meaning…

    be hygienically savvy…..anything less is so not sexy!!!

  2. Ha! Which is why the “pat” does nothing for your well-being. You know, the little fake hugs…

    There’s nothing like a warm embrace. And Victoria, I agree, one that is void of uncleanliness!

Please use the comments to demonstrate your own ignorance, unfamiliarity with empirical data, ability to repeat discredited memes, and lack of respect for scientific knowledge. Also, be sure to create straw men and argue against things I have neither said nor even implied. Any irrelevancies you can mention will also be appreciated. Lastly, kindly forgo all civility in your discourse . . . you are, after all, anonymous :)

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