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To hug or not to be hugged

Hugging! One of my favourite ways to greet friends and family; it has now found its way back into society. How are you feeling about hugging and being hugged? No more elbow or foot bumps, just good old fashioned body to body hugging.

There are many benefits of hugging: They reduce stress by showing your support, may protect you against illness, may boost your heart health. They can make you happier, help reduce your fears, may help reduce your pain and help you communicate with others.

So, the question is how many hugs do we need? According to family therapist Virginia Satir “We need four hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

So. Get hugging – with permission of course.


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