Who doesn’t love hugs?
Who doesn’t need them? Touch and closeness with others is in fact necessary for survival. It also lessens the intensity of pain and strengthens the immune system. According to a 2003 study, more hugs are related to better cardiovascular health and less reactivity to stress.
Apparently some high schools have banned hugging, while others embrace it. If appropriateness is a problem there is always the safe “side-hug” to fall back on.
Here’s probably my favorite music video. Music by DMB and a lot of hugs by a guy with some sweet sideburns.
What is your stance on hugging? Close friends and family only? New friends? Weird guys running around on the street? Trees? Personally, I like any opportunity for a good hug, as long as it feels safe. Granted, hugs with my wife are more frequent and last a little longer, but being able to hug someone is a sign that there is comfort there–some kind of positive connection.