Okay, so not everyone enjoys them; but there are ample reasons why hugs should be embraced (see what I did there?) more generously in our everyday lives. Solid research has steadily found that those in close, intimate relationships consisting of family, friends or lovers engaged in more consistent psychological support, cuddling, or hugging, and therefore were far more protected from the susceptibility to common and mutating infections. Most of this found information is unsurprising really. The feeling of acceptance, love and compassion from a single hug
elicits the warm and fuzzy, feel-good endorphins hiding inside us all; even in those that have to work harder to extract them. We are born with the need to be nurtured, and in return we, too, need to nurture to feel purpose; to feel like we belong to a small tribe, and to just feel good about our damn selves. All of these things can be had with a single, short embrace. Producing positive endorphins keeps stress and negative feelings at bay, elevating the power of immunity in the most natural way possible. So what are you waiting for? Grab someone, wrap your arms around them and hold on tight, count to ten, and release. Sniffles and stress headaches begone.