7 Benefits Of Hugging

May 6th, 2009 by Amy

Remember when Michelle Obama broke royal protocol and gave the Queen of England a hug?


Ensuing media frenzy aside, the strangest thing about the whole incident was that while the Queen had never been that intimate in public before, she seemed to like it just fine.


As well she should.


According to family therapist Virginia Satir:

“We need 4 hugs a day for survival.

We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance.

We need 12 hugs a day for growth.”

Which is exactly the premise of the Free Hugs Campaign.


Here is a portion of  Free Hugs founder Juan Mann’s story:


“I’d been living in London when my world turned upside down and I’d had to come home. By the time my plane landed back in Sydney, all I had left was a carry on bag full of clothes and a world of troubles. No one to welcome me back, no place to call home. I was a tourist in my hometown.

Standing there in the arrivals terminal, watching other passengers meeting their waiting friends and family, with open arms and smiling faces, hugging and laughing together, I wanted someone out there to be waiting for me. To be happy to see me. To smile at me. To hug me.

So I got some cardboard and a marker and made a sign. I found the busiest pedestrian intersection in the city and held that sign aloft, with the words “Free Hugs” on both sides.

And for 15 minutes, people just stared right through me. The first person who stopped, tapped me on the shoulder and told me how her dog had just died that morning. How that morning had been the one year anniversary of her only daughter dying in a car accident. How what she needed now, when she felt most alone in the world, was a hug. I got down on one knee, we put our arms around each other and when we parted, she was smiling.”


Be sure to watch the video (42.5 million people already have!) and spend the rest of your day getting your hug on!


7 Benefits Of Hugging:

1.  Reduces heart disease

2.  Diminishes stress

3.  Promotes longevity

4.  Strengthens social ties

5.  Lowers blood pressure

6.  Lowers heart rate

7.  Benefits the hugger and the huggee equally

2 Responses to “7 Benefits Of Hugging”

  1. Jane Says:

    I am going to give you a hug when I see you this afternoon. And anyone else I see! Love this post!

  2. Jessie Hansen Says:

    I need a hug today.

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