A hug a day just might keep the doctor away. Hugging is a marker of intimacy and helps generate the feeling that others are there to help in the face of adversity. And if you don’t have another human nearby? Dogs and cats do a pretty good job of filling in.
- Reduce stress
- Prevent the common cold
- Minimize cold symptoms
How I add this to my life: My cat loves to hug. When I pick him up, he leans into me to suggest that the feeling is mutual. I have also been hugging friends more often when I see them. My daughter gets regular hugs, as does my partner, especially when things aren’t going quite right, either for them or between us. Hugging and breathing together–hugging meditation according to Thich Nhat Hanh–benefits everyone.